Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Prison for Pryce and Huhne

After weeks of twists, turns and revelations the eventful trial of former Fib Dem, sorry, Lib Dem MP Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce has come to an end. Yesterday both were sentenced to 8 months in prison for perverting the course of justice.

The case came into fruition after Huhne’s ex-wife went to the Times to expose her husband for a driving offence that occurred in 2003. In short Huhne had been caught speeding but it was Pryce who took the 3 points on her license to stop Huhne from being banned from driving. Ten years passed and the now former Mrs Huhne decided that it was time to expose her husband, an action which also shafted her at the same time and resulted in the pair both being sent to prison. A classic example of hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

However, while for the majority of people a spell behind bars would put a death sentence to any chance of having a real career or in some cases of ever finding employment when it comes to MPs prison often seems to be the making of their careers. Take for example former Tory MPs Jeffery Archer a now famous author or Jonathan Aiken who found Jesus in prison (as in Christ not a fellow prisoner of hispanic origin) and is now the president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The question is for Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce, will prison be the making or the breaking of them? The reputations of both are in tatters meaning that it should be a good long while before either of them will be in a position to work in a role that requires integrity. This being the case what could the future hold for Huhne and Pryce?

It goes without saying that both will endeavour to make money from their experiences in prison, but how? Given how the events have unfolded I predict that Pryce will go to the papers and sell her story (let’s face it she’s done it before) but this time it will be as a series over several weeks. The angle will be something along the lines of ‘my love for my bully of a husband cost me reputation and landed me in prison’. In this series she will share all the gory details – new details of her marriage, the horrors and shame of prison, how her children are now estranged to her etc etc. In other words a classic Daily Mail piece.

Huhne on the other hand will most likely follow in the footsteps of other politicians and go for the book option. The title of which will be something like ‘Crime Does Not Pay – My Almost Year in Prison’, copies of which is slowly move off the shelves before being found in the bargain bin at service stations. There is also a chance that this ‘fame’ will earn Huhne a place on a reality TV show a la Nadine Dorres. The twist will be that Huhne won’t receive a whipping from George Young but that Pryce will be a surprise guest on the show.

Whatever happens when the pair leave prison (which given the justice system will probably be in a few weeks time) they will not fate gracefully into obscurity but in some way will find a way to profit from this experience.

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