As Chris Huhne's legal team battled to get his case thrown out, his fractured relationship with his son Peter was revealed in a series of text messages read out to the court.
The messages, revealed for the first time today during legal argument, were sent between Peter Huhne, then 18, and his father, in 2010 and 2011 and showed Huhne's efforts to speak to his son, who had been left distraught by his parents break-up.
The stream of messages culminate in Peter Huhne urging his father to tell the truth. Here are the text messages read to the court:
- 21st June 2010
Peter Huhne: Just tried you, ring back within five.
PH: Pick up, pick up your f****** **phone.
PH: I don't want to speak to you, you disgust me.
Chris Huhne: Hope you are okay, I'm visiting Gran on Saturday, would you like to come?
PH: No I will see her without you.
- 28th June 2010
CH: Peter, just to say, I'm thinking of you and I love you very much. It would be great to talk to you, Dad.
PH: F*** off.
Huhne had tried to write a letter to his son, against sparking a negative reaction:
- 22nd July 2010
PH: So nice to see our entire relationship reduced to lies and pleasantries in that letter. Do you take me for an idiot? The fact you said your parents were happier as a result of their divorce was disgusting...You are the most ghastly man I have ever known. Does it give you pleasure that you have lost most of your friends?
- 30th July 2010
CH: I understand that I have really offended you but I hope that the passage of time will provide some perspective... I love you and I will be there to support you if you ever need it.
PH: You are right - the perspective involves me getting angrier with every day that goes by. You just don't get it.
- 25th December 2010
CH: Happy Christmas. Love you, Dad.
PH: Well I hate you, so f*** off.
- 28th December 2010
CH: Tiger, Have you had any news from St Peter's yet? Love Dad
CH: Congratulations, I'm really proud of you, Dad.
CH: Well I'm proud and I love you, Dad.
PH: Leave me alone, you have no place in my life and no right to be proud. It's irritating that you don't seem to take the point. You are such an autistic piece of s***. Don't contact me again, you make me feel sick.
- 16th January 2011
CH: I hope you are okay, just to let you know I'm thinking of you lots and love you.
PH: You couldn't think about anyone but yourself. You are a pathetic loser and a joke. Have fun with your....
- 27th February 2011
CH: Hope you are okay. Saw a Beckett reference and thought of you in Godot, MI6 used to be full of people who did languages at Oxford. Love you.
- 21st may 2011
CH: I do hope your exams are going okay, despite everything over the last few weeks. Thinking of you, love you, Dad. PS It's grandad's birthday today.
PH: Don't text me you fat piece of s***.
After allegations had emerged, shortly before Huhne and Pryce were due to be interviewed by police, Peter had another conversation with his father.
- 21st May 2011
PH: We all know that you were driving and you put pressure on mum. Accept it or face the consequences. You've told me that was the case. Or will this be another lie?
CH: I have no intention of sending Mum to Holloway Prison for three months. Dad.
PH: Are you going to accept your responsibility or do I have to contact the police and tell them what you told me?
CH: Discuss it with Mum.
PH: It's not about her its (sic) about your accepting responsibility to me.
CH: Happy to talk about it with you. Dad.