The Skripal Case: 20 New Questions That Journalists Might Like to Start Asking

While the world’s attention has been largely focused on Syria for the past couple of weeks, we must not forget the Skripal case. The reason for this is that the two events appear to be inextricably linked, either because they show that the Russian and Syrian Governments are willing and able to use chemical weapons for their own ends, or because they show that the Governments of the United States, United Kingdom and France in particular are willing to use […]

From Skripal to Syria – The Empire’s “New Realities” Are Reaching The End of the Road

“That’s not the way the world really works anymore. We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors … and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” Thus spake Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Government of George […]

Is Yulia Skripal Being Denied Her Legal Rights?

Viktoria Skripal is said to now believe that her cousin, Yulia, is being detained against her will. Following their telephone call on 5th April, she said: “We are very confused by what Yulia said – she didn’t quite sound like her usual self. Naturally we understand she can’t be her usual self after the poisoning and the shock of what happened to her. And yet the feeling from hearing her voice was that she wasn’t speaking at her own initiative. […]

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 […]

Boris Johnson’s Statements Analysed by Experts and Found to Contain Traces of the Ministry-Grade Swerve Agent, “Govichock”

Warning: This piece may contain traces of satire Experts at the Department for Sifting Truth from Lies (DSTL) at Porkie Down in Wiltshire, have been analysing Boris Johnson’s statements made during an interview with Deutsche Welle on 20th March, to see whether they may contain any traces of truth. In answer to a question about how scientists were able to identify Russia as the source of the substance allegedly used to poison Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and whether the laboratory […]

The Three Most Important Aspects of the Skripal Case so Far … and Where They Might be Pointing

I have now asked a total of 50 questions around the Skripal case, which you can find here and here. Having gone back through these questions, as far as I can see only three have been answered by the release of public information or events that have transpired. These are: Are they (Sergei and Yulia Skripal) still alive? If so, what is their current condition and what symptoms are they displaying? Can the government confirm that its scientists at Porton […]

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 […]