Chris Huhne, who until recently was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the coalition government is facing prison tonight.
Back in 2003 he persuaded his wife to falsely claim that she was driving when his car was photographed speeding so that he could avoid prosecution. This came to light last year after he left his wife for another woman and, after a police investigation, he was charged with perverting the course of justice.
Huhne has consistently denied the allegation and resigned from the government (but not from parliament) last year to devote his energies to his defence. He pleaded not guilty in court before Christmas and the trial was set down to begin today.
It appears that his defence was based more on claims that the trial should not proceed for various technical reasons rather than on any foundation of innocence. Once Mr Justice Sweeney had dismissed the applications to have the case set aside, Huhne realised that the game was up and that the jury would convict. So, at his QC's request, the charge was put to him again this morning and this time he pleaded guilty. He will undoubtedly go to prison for this. He has resigned as an MP today.
So here we have a politician who not only lied, nothing unusual there you might say, but who lied about lying.