The Slowly Building Anger in the UK at the Government’s Handling of the Skripal Case

In her daily press conference on 5th April, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, mentioned a quiet resentment and fury that is building up amongst ordinary Russians over the way the Government of the United Kingdom has handled the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Strange though it may seem, I sense a similar feeling of anger and resentment building up here in the UK, as it becomes clearer and clearer that the official narrative has little or no […]

20 More Questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case

To my knowledge, none of the questions I wrote in my previous piece – 30 questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case – has been answered satisfactorily, at least not in the public domain. Yet despite the fact that these legitimate questions have not yet been answered, and many important facts surrounding the case are still unknown, the case has given rise to a serious international crisis, with the extraordinary expulsion of Russian diplomats across many EU […]

The Skripal Case: It Looks Like Mrs May Has Some Explaining to do!

On Monday 12th March, the Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Theresa May, stood up in Parliament and made the following claim as part of her 36-hour ultimatum to the Russian Federation: “Mr Speaker, this morning I chaired a meeting of the National Security Council in which we considered the information so far available. As is normal, the Council was updated on the assessment and intelligence picture, as well as the state of the investigation. It is now […]

30 Questions That Journalists Should be Asking About the Skripal Case

There are a lot of issues around the case of Sergei and Yulia Skripal which, at the time of writing, are very unclear and rather odd. There may well be good and innocent explanations for some or even all of them. Then again there may not. This is why it is crucial for questions to be asked where, as yet, there are either no answers or deeply unsatisfactory ones. Some people will assume that this is conspiracy theory territory. It […]

The Skripal Case: The Unbelievable Recklessness of the British Government and Their Utter Contempt for the Rule of Law

My first piece on the Skripal case can be found here. In her statement to the House of Commons on Monday 12th March, Theresa May spoke about Britain being “a nation that believes in justice and the rule of law” and went on to say that “it is essential that we proceed in the right way – led not by speculation but by the evidence.” She then proceeded both then, and in her subsequent statement on Wednesday 14th March, to […]

Sergei Skripal, Salisbury and the Dangerously Hysterical Response of the British Government

Readers of this blog may be aware that I happen to live in the rather lovely city of Salisbury — a name that until last week was synonymous with its wonderful 13th Century gothic-style Cathedral and the world’s most famous pile of stones about 8 miles away. Unfortunately, it is now synonymous with international espionage and what looks like a case of attempted murder using some sort of nerve agent. I have been reluctant to comment on the case for […]