So, in this so-called staring battle with her counterpart Vladimir Putin, prime minister Theresa May had blinked first.
She clearly believes that Russia is to blame for the poisoning of former agent Sergei Skripal, and announced in parliament that around 23 diplomats were to be expelled from the country and to leave within seven days. This is the first part of a series of measures aimed at supposedly punishing the Russian government.
However, any attempt by May at gaining credibility with the British people on this sensitive issue is torn apart by several uncomfortable truths. For a start, over the past couple of decades or more, Russian money has been pouring into Britain, investing in and buying up several companies, newspapers, even professional football clubs, often with the support of successive governments. Also, many British members of parliament in the past had regular meetings with their Russian counterparts and accepted donations from them.
It’s not a surprise that the people in the Kremlin are laughing their heads off at this, because they know that Britain is now so isolated in the wider world, and that our former allies in both the United States and the European Union are unable to do anything much about this.
The British state, already in turmoil, unable to function properly and paralysed by Brexit, is heading for a slow collective meltdown… and when that happens, the people should be very, very worried.
Ever since the former Russian agent Sergei Skripal was found unconscious after being poisoned in Salisbury earlier this month, most of the British national press had already made their minds up about who is to blame- the current Russian president Vladimir Putin, despite the overwhelming lack of evidence.
Mr Skripal is one in a long number of former agents and business associates living in Britain, some who were political opponents of Putin, many of them have died in suspisious circumstances.
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Oh dear. First it was from the Beast from the East… now it is from Storm Emma. The latest snowstorm to hit the UK has caused the usual chaos and disruption.
Businesses, schools, shops, and other services were closed. Most people were unable to travel because trains, buses and tubes didn’t run, due to the fact that despite plenty of warnings, most roads except in certain areas weren’t gritted in advance. Those who were brave (or stupid) enough to travel got caught up in jams and were stranded. Flights out of the country’s airport were cancelled. Many homes were left without any sort of electrical power. There were even media reports that the country was in danger of running out of gas supplies.
In situations like this, the UK often suffers a collective nervous breakdown. The infamous stiff upper lip and get on with it attitude is certainly a myth. People from other countries routinely laugh at the UK, because of its repeated failure to cope with snow. Government, councils and services often say it’s not possible to invest for such emergencies because of their rarity, but that is no excuse.
Every effort must be made by those responsible to aim to keep the country moving, not batten down the hatches at the first drop of a snowflake.
In just over a year’s time, the United Kingdom will depart the European Union, after the 2016 referendum result. Yet this understandably tense period has been dominated by the almost collective nervous breakdown of the British political establishment.
The Conservative government, led by the hapless Theresa May, instead of telling parliament, and the country, that they have a plan of action to deal with brexit, they have spent all this time repeatedly going and coming back from Brussels with a cap in hand begging for key concessions from the EU negotiators, ranging from staying in the customs union to the issue of the rights of foreign nationals… but failing to get anywhere. Meanwhile, the Conservative MPs are infighting among themselves in public, with so-called brexiteers and remainers demanding they be listened to.
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