It’s worrisome when you cannot trust your government

Boris Johnson says UK has evidence of Russia stockpiling deadly nerve agent for assassinations in last ten years

Given Boris Johnson’s record of lying, second only to Trump’s, if Boris says A, then B is likely to be the truth. Or C, D, E or F. Who knows at this point?

Russia’s ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov had denied moments earlier on the same programme, that his country had any nerve agents in its military arsenal, saying there are, “no stockpiles whatsoever”.

Chizhov went on to speculate the nerve agent came from Porton Down, the UK’s chemical warfare research facility, only a few blocks down the road from Salisbury.

The waters are murky, and while I don’t believe anything coming out of Moscow, I don’t believe anything coming out of May’s misgovernment, either.

We are in deep shit.

Senior diplomat criticises Tory government

Salisbury Attack: Top Cold War diplomat criticises Gavin Williamson over ‘go away and shut up’ remarks

Speaking to exclusively to The Independent,Sir Rodric Braithwaite, took aim at the Cabinet minister following comments in which he told Russia to “go away and shut up“, sparking retaliatory insults from the Russian Foreign Minister and others in Moscow.

Sir Rodric, who was the UK’s man in Moscow during critical years of the Cold War, also attacked other senior ministers whom he said “have come out much too early, saying things that are much too wild”, as the UK seeks to build pressure on Vladimir Putin over Salisbury nerve agent attack.

He waxed effulgent about Theresa May, praising her performance as “judicious”. He also criticised Corbyn for combining remarks about the attack in Salisbury with criticism of  Russian donations to the Tory party, which the party has refused to return.

A mixed bag.

May is anything but “judicious”. She’s a total incompetent. Why Sir Rodric thinks she’s “judicious” escapes me, unless it’s because she’s a teeny bit less idiotic than other members of her lamentably inexcusable cabinet.

As for Jeremy Corbyn, is it wrong to point out that the Tories benefit from Russian donations? I can see that maybe he should have taken a stronger stance against attacks by Russians on British residents, but is he wrong to insist on evidence that the Kremlin ordered them before  the UK government went to war on Moscow?

Trump is a “disgraced demagogue”

Donald Trump branded a ‘disgraced demagogue’ by former CIA director John Brennan over sacking of Andrew McCabe

When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you. 

Mr. Brennan was FBI director under Obama, and Trump hates Obama with a vengeance. And Trump is desperate to stop Mueller’s investigation into his collusion with his best buddy Putin during his election campaign. Mueller is this close to being fired. It’s what happens to people who work for Trump. And especially for those who work against him.
He’s the devil himself.

So, Theresa, what contribution did Skripal make to earn him a BMW?

May warns Russia UK ‘will never tolerate a threat to the life of British citizens’

The Prime Minister said Moscow was in “flagrant breach” of international law over the incident which saw a Russian-made nerve agent release in the city.

She said: “Many Russians have made this country their home. And those who abide by our laws and make a contribution to our society will always be welcome.

I think we will be waiting an eternity for the answer to the question of what Skripal did to earn him a BMW.

Nothing May says can be believed. Her only interest is her own.

Let’s suppose Putin did personally order the liquidation of Skripal, as the clueless and odious Johnson claims. Why? Is it because Putin is a madman, executing Russian exiles in a random way, or is it because Skripal was acting against Russia in some way?

May is not an honest broker and should not be trusted. Neither is Putin, of course, but May is the twit we are saddled with.

Here’s another intriguing question

What is Skripal’s source of income in the UK?

Picture of Sergei Skripal’s BMW released as police hunting poisoners focus on car


Glossy little car, innit.

Look, this guy gets asylum in Britain in a spy swap. Ok, if he was spying for Britain, I guess he’s entitled to a pension. How many British pensioners get a fucking BMW?

So what was he actually doing to be able to afford this little gem? And what is Theresa May not telling us?

Here’s a reasoned response to the brouhaha about Russia

As the Skripal theories abound, I’m reminded of when I visited Iraq at the time of the dodgy dossier

This is authored by Kim Sengupta who was a journalist in Iraq at the time Bush and Blair concocted an excuse to attack that country. He makes some valid points.

In the Iraq case, there was no evidence that it had weapons of mass destruction. It was all made up by the US and UK governments, and skeptics on the ground, including the author, who had visited the facilities mentioned in the dodgy dossier, were accused of treachery by government hacks.

In the Skripal case, no-one is disputing the nerve agent came from Russia, developed years ago in the Soviet Union. The question in this case, which has not been answered by the UK government, is one of provenance. Whither came the nerve agent to Salisbury, and why? Who is actually responsible? From Downing Street, all we get is screeching, “it’s Them, it’s Them!!!” We get retributive action before any investigation is complete.

Sengupta also makes the point that Skripal was not engaged in any anti-Russian activities, so far as anyone knows. He’d been imprisoned in Russia, where they’d had plenty of opportunity to off him, then came to Britain in a spy swap, and apparently lived harmlessly ever since. So why try to off him now? There’s been no answer to that question, just the assumption that the Kremlin is krazy.

Theresa May is in political hot water over her calamitous Brexit policy, so she needs a distraction. What better than Vladimir Putin? So no wonder May, Johnson, Rees-Mogg and the rest of the insane Tories go off half cocked (or henned) when this golden opportunity appears. Pile it on, and no-one will look at the Brexit disaster.

This has not been handled judiciously, let alone well. When you make serious accusations of aggression, you really ought to provide serious evidence, which the UK government has conspicuously failed to do.

It’s not that I think Putin didn’t do it, he’s a mobster. He’s perfectly capable of it. It’s that there’s good reason to think May is taking advantage of that view of Putin to further her own ends. Given her Brexit policy, there is no reason to think she is doing anything in the interests of the UK, just in the interest of her own survival in Downing Street.

And the hate rolls on…

Cabinet minister Sajid Javid becomes latest MP to receive abusive ‘Punish a Muslim’ letter

Threatening letters have also been sent to Westminster offices of four Labour MPs

Now, I have no belief in in, or  love of religion. The entire religious enterprise, whichever sect is running it, is a gross mistake. Religion, as far as I am concerned, is a disaster. A fake. Totally bogus.

But that doesn’t apply exclusively to Islam. It applies to all religions. And here we have some bigots, most likely Christian, anti-immigrant, right-wingers, specifically targeting Muslims.

You know, it’s possible to disagree with a political or religious opinion without having a war about it. But what bigotry does is single out a single group for applied hatred.

Ok, I think Muslims are wrong, just as I think  any religious believer is wrong. But that doesn’t mean mean I think any religious sect should be singled out for bigotry.

We don’t have to respect religious beliefs or accept them as true. But what we do have to do, whether we are atheist or beholden to some religious fantasy or another, is give other people the space and respect to come to their own conclusions. Yeah, maybe we think they are idiots.

But, and it’s a big but… if they don’t have the freedom to believe as they choose, then no-one has, including you and me. And that freedom to choose is so important, it has to include people who choose to disagree with what we think is true.

Speaking of the odious and smarmy Rees-Mogg… *gag*

Brexit: People warning of risk to Northern Ireland peace process ‘almost encouraging violence’, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

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People warning that the Northern Ireland peace process is at risk because of Brexit are “almost encouraging violence”, Jacob Rees-Mogg has claimed

The leading Tory Brexiteer condemned what he called the “cynical approach” of critics warning the threat of a new hard border could bring a return of the Troubles.

“Once you start proposing that violence may be a consequence of something, you’re almost encouraging violence,” Mr Rees-Mogg said.

This disgusting Tory prat, who thinks a hard border within Ireland is perfectly acceptable so long as it keeps nasty Europeans and their goods and services out, and cares not a fig about the peace process, because he goddamn doesn’t live there or has to police it personally, is a total wanker.

He has no solutions, just Brexit, Brexit, Brexit, Brexit, Brexit, Brexit…. a one-trick pony, and not very skilled at that. No wonder Tories adore him.

He was even cute enough to suggest that if the Irish government were so keen on peace, they should leave the EU and join a trade pact with the UK under UK rules.

Is there a single adult in the Tory party? A single serious thinker? Defense Secretary  Gavin Williamson, a fireplace salesman from Stoke, has told Vladimir Putin to shut up and go away, in a barely literate speech that had the Russians laughing. If that’s the best May can do with as Defence Secretary, it’s time to close up the government, resign, and give someone competent a chance.

There’s not a single Tory with any credibility. Resign, for god’s sakes!

Are there an adults in the Tory misgovernment?

War of words with Russia over spy poisoning gets personal as Johnson points blame at Putin

On Friday, Boris Johnson made the incendiary claim that it was “overwhelmingly likely” Mr Putin personally ordered the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal using a Soviet-era nerve agent, an attack which left both him and his daughter Yulia in a critical condition in hospital.

And Johnson’s evidence for this is… up his ass? His modus operandi is open mouth, insert foot. Johnson the classic British ass is just firing up the Tory rabble in an effort to beat the dreadful Rees-Mogg as successor to the hapless and incompetent May. None of them are competent to run a government!

This is not to claim that Putin, or some underling, or some Russian agency or oligarch isn’t responsible for the despicable attack. No-one appears to be disputing the poison came from Russia. And lots of Russians have died mysteriously in Britain under suspicious circumstances in the last few years, most recently Nikolai Glushkov, a critic of Putin strangled with a dog lead. No poison, mark you. What isn’t obvious is why or who, if anyone, is orchestrating this.

It’s perfectly reasonable to be suspicious of the Russian government – no-one in their right minds would trust Putin and the gang of mobsters running the country. But since when is suspicion proof? Not since McCarthyism, as Jeremy Corbyn pointed out. If we demand proof of allegations against people we support, we should be consistent and demand proof of allegations against those we oppose.

And all the Tories have provided is noise, hand-waving, braggadocio, wild and unsubstantiated allegations, and condemnations of anyone who doesn’t want to wage war on Russia.

If May’s misgovernment has evidence of the allegations resulting in British sanctions, they should produce it. If they don’t have evidence, they should temper their attacks until they do, because otherwise they will lose what little credibility they had.

Allied solidarity on poisoning attack – but will anything change?

Message of defiance against Russia from UK allies may yet dissolve into inaction

Ok, Theresa May has managed to get the US, France and Germany to back up the allegations, so unless we are looking at another conspiratorial Iraq situation, apparently they think the evidence to accuse Russia of perpetrating this crime, the use of nerve agents in the UK against its population, is good enough to chime in, up to a point.

Not that we peons are going to see any of this evidence, we just have to take it on faith that our governments have our best interests at heart. I must admit I find it hard to have faith in governments, and I’ve seen a fair number come and go, though few as disastrously incompetent as May’s and Trump’s. Which is why I have little confidence in what’s happening next.

Of course, having Trump’s backing on anything is not unlike stepping off a cliff and expecting a parachute to magically appear to save you. And besides, he’s still under investigation for collusion with his buddy Putin, with more and more evidence emerging. Hardly a trustworthy ally. But Macron and Merkel are made of sterner stuff. Still, what are they actually prepared to DO, other than issue a statement of support?

Now, Skripal is not the first Soviet/Russian double agent to be liquidated, and it is reasonable to suppose that either the Russian state, or some person or entity related to it, is responsible for the attacks. It’s reasonable to accept the nerve agent came from Russia. However, reasonable supposition is never the same as proof. It’s only a just cause for investigation. What May has done is gone off half-cocked (or is it henned) off the deep end, trying to create a new Cold War, and asking us to trust her that it must have been Putin’s direct order, because she has information she can’t share with us. Pardon me for being sceptical.

Now if the Russian state is actually guilty of this, and it’s certainly a possibility, this may be inevitable anyway, if Russians are determined to use nerve agents in foreign countries to achieve their aims. That is certainly unacceptable, and a robust response is required.

But are we actually at that point? May inspires no confidence. It’s not that I think the Russians are necessarily innocent of anything other than negligence, they are a devious bunch of oligarchs and a dictator.  It’s I do not trust May or her government to get anything right.