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Do the British have a better class of convict than we do?

Unlike in Britain, few members of the Irish establishment have served time, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 20/10/2013 | 05:00

Vicky Pryce
Vicky Pryce

REMEMBER Vicky Pryce – the Wonder Woman who successfully combined being a mother of five with a brilliant career as a top-flight economist – who ended up in jail as an unintended consequence of her vengeful pursuit of her ex-husband, Chris Huhne?

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(Incensed when Huhne, the UK's Lib Dem Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, left her for his aide abruptly and callously, she told a journalist she had taken his penalty points for speeding: the couple were prosecuted for perverting the course of justice and sentenced to eight months, which in practice meant two months' imprisonment and two months with a tag.)

What baffled so many onlookers was that such an intelligent and competent woman should allow visceral rage to wreck her career along with that of her husband, and cause such havoc in her family. The answer, as she said herself, was that she was "a fiery Greek": Greeks don't share the traditional British respect for reticence.

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