For those who have not been following the trial of Chris Huhne (ex member of Parliament and Energy secretary in the UK) and his ex wife Vicky Pryce (a respected economist) over her claiming that she took his speeding points has been quite the drama to watch. In a nutshell:
Yesterday they were both sentenced to 8 months in jail. Their careers and reputations are ruined.
Though I do not condone what Huhne did, anyone who seriously thinks they want to get their own back on a cheating former spouse would do well to bear in mind this excellent advice: “While seeking revenge, dig two graves – one for yourself.”
Since the day she decided to whisper in a journalist’s ear that her husband Chris Huhne had made her take his speeding points in 2003 to save him from a driving ban, Pryce has not only been busy digging her own grave, but she has also thrown her whole family on to the funeral pyre in order to bring down the man she once loved.
Throughout the trial she maintained she was pressured by Chris Huhne into taking his speeding points because she felt, by refusing, the consequences for her and her family were too great to contemplate.
During the two trials their family was ripped apart as details of two planned abortions, a painfully damaged father-and-son relationship and rants between them were openly disclosed for public scrutiny. A stepdaughter, brought up by the former energy secretary as his own, was additionally forced to testify to his bullying of her mother.
Both Huhne and Pryce’s prized reputations and his glittering political career were comprehensively annihilated by their own hands: all over three speeding points a decade ago. Defies belief.
There is a moral to this story. Although hell hath no fury as a woman scorned, there is no hero or heroine in succumbing to revenge because you feel hurt by what someone did. Today as they both sit in their prison cells – one in Wandsworth, the other in Holloway, both must be reflecting on how it had come to this.
If you are considering getting ‘even’ with someone who did something you are not happy with, hopefully you will think again. There is nothing that can come from vengeance; you will only hurt yourself in the process.
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