David Baddiel on Chris Huhne and public figures
8 February 2013 Last updated at 10:58 GMT
Comedian David Baddiel, when interviewed on the BBC This Week programme, said former MP Chris Huhne was "not just a liar a fool and a cheat" - because the details of texts exchanged between the politician and his son provided "a weird empathy for me as a parent" and revealed a family tragedy.
The comedian is about to put on a show looking at how public figures are perceived.
Michael Portillo said Mr Huhne had "paid the price for being a politician", but there was "no hint" the bankers behind the Libor scandal were to face prosecution.
They debated the downfall of the former energy secretary with Andrew Neil and Alan Johnson.