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More than a week after they took place, important questions are being framed about the Salisbury poisonings.

They’re not being asked by the Conservative Government, of course – that would be too much to ask. They want to rattle the sabre at Russia in the hope that it will make them more popular with the public, while not actually getting us all squashed like bugs if that superpower chooses to retaliate hard.

Some of the rest of us would like to know whether the proper investigation procedures have been followed in Salisbury. Here’s Abnormal Abner:

And here’s Mel Melvin:

Theresa May was also heckled by a disability campaigner and regular voice on Twitter, Jessica McCarnun:

Salisbury resident Jessica McCarnun explained that she felt angry that Theresa May had not provided more clarity as to what makes the UK Government so certain it knows who was behind the plot.

On Thursday during the Prime Minister’s visit to the area around The Mill pub Ms McCarnun shouted: “How can you accuse Russia when you have no clear evidence?”

The anti-poverty campaigner told Sky News: “It isn’t good enough – it’s not how we conduct matters in our own courts where you present evidence to the people.”

“We need to know why she is so sure she hasn’t jumped the gun.”

She – and the others – make good points. The Government appears to have decided simply that the Russian government must be responsible for the poisonings and isn’t even bothering to ask the police for a rudimentary criminal investigation.

If a man was poisoned by a foreign power, somebody must have administered it. Who?

Find that person and we will have all the proof we need, one way or the other.

Is that why the Tories aren’t bothering?

Instead, we were treated to the spectacle of Boris Johnson stuttering his way through a highly uncomfortable interview with Andrew Marr.

Unable to provide any proof to support his latest bizarre claim that it is overwhelmingly likely that Vladimir Putin ordered the poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter, Mr Johnson instead claimed that the Tories had evidence to show Russia had been creating and stockpiling Novichok nerve agents for the past 10 years.

It’s easy to say a thing when you don’t have to provide that proof, though, isn’t it?

She later clarified: “Creating, not gathering.”

Mr Johnson went on to say the OPCW was “reliable”.

It says one thing; he says another – and it is “reliable”. Contradictory, much?

Moving on, Mr Johnson said he had no quarrel with the people of Russia…

Yes indeed. Owen Jones had already raised the issue of dirty Tory money, earlier in the Marr show:

But here’s a good point:

No he did not!

Meanwhile, in the Tory corner, it seemed MPs had been told to go out and insult Jeremy Corbyn in whatever hysterical ways they could – leading to this idiocy from Nick Boles…

…and this from Nadine Dorries:

Maybe it’s time for a recap of why, on the Russian question, people trust Labour more than the Conservatives. Here’s Tom London:

Of course, on the social media, the Tories are taking their usual drubbing. The following are just a handful of the infographics doing the rounds:

How could all this be summed up for the best? Like this, perhaps:


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