POLL: After being caught LYING about the Salisbury poisoning, what should Theresa May and Boris Johnson do next?

The Skripals’ front door: We’re told the largest concentration of ‘nerve agent’ was smeared on it – but unprotected police officers have been using it for weeks. Another lie?

After this, the UK can kiss goodbye to whatever remains of its reputation for honesty, decency and sportsmanlike behaviour.

Can you imagine the results of any interview with the now-awake Yulia Skripal? And what, it seems likely, would be revealed to the public?

The dreary reality:

“Ms Skripal, can you recall what you did that day?”

“No.”

The diabolical publicity:

“Ms Skripal, can you recall what you did that day?”

“My father and I breakfasted on some porridge that a friend had brought over from Russia. He told me it tasted remarkably like Novichok, a poison that our government had developed before he left the country. He said not to worry – they ended up using it to wallpaper our flats so we’d get used to it. ‘It’ll take a ton of it to touch us,’ he said.

“On the way out, my father noticed something strange about the front door. ‘This goop looks – and feels – just like that Novichok stuff,’ he said. ‘Have a feel!’

“After that, it’s a blur.”

I know what you’re going to say: “It’s Novichok, not Novi-chocolate!”

Well, maybe. But the story above is about as likely as anything Theresa May and Boris Johnson have said lately.

What did Mr Johnson say?

Oh, all right. I couldn’t resist getting in a dig about his Brexit lies as well. He said:

And his Foreign Office has now deleted its tweet accusing Russia:

The FO tweet reads: “Analysis by world-leading experts at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down made clear that this was a military-grade Novichok nerve agent produced in Russia. Porton Down is OPCW-accredited and designated laboratory”

And what did Gary Aitkenhead, the chief executive of the government’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down say?

He said: “We were able to identify it as novichok, to identify it was a military-grade nerve agent. We have not verified the precise source, but we have provided the scientific information to the government, who have then used a number of other sources to piece together the conclusions that they have come to.”

What sources?

The kind identified by Craig Murray in his now-vindicated article of March 13? The kind that is

knocked up for huge wodges of cash from whatever they could cobble together

in support of

the willingness of the UK and US security services to accept and validate intelligence they knew to be false in order to pursue their policy objectives.

That kind?

The only politician to come out of this with his reputation intact would appear to be Jeremy Corbyn, who was practically accused of treachery by Theresa May after he appealed for a rational approach to the Salisbury poisoning, based on the evidence rather than wild accusations.

He was right; she was wrong. And she was lying.

And it will be a long time before we get to learn the facts.

But it seems to This Writer that one question can be answered right now:


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16 thoughts on “POLL: After being caught LYING about the Salisbury poisoning, what should Theresa May and Boris Johnson do next?

  1. Wanda Lozinska

    As much as I’d like them to resign, I feel their only option now is to brazen this out. It may never be proved where the Novichok actually came from or who deployed it, and whether or not they were authorised by Putin. Hopefully we might know more in a few weeks time, once the OPCW has tested the stuff.

    However their overseas reputation should be severely dented by this. They’re so used to lying to the rest of us but lying to the world is another matter.

    1. Bruce Blake

      you like to be lied to?
      I do not believe any politician whatever colour should be allowed to lie

  2. Liz Douglasl

    They should hold themselves to law by their own Code of conduct which is mandatory. Those not complying cannot hold office –
    This Code of Conduct sets out the framework of behaviour expected of those Party representatives (listed under ‘Who is the Code of Conduct for?’ below), who are required as a strict condition of their ongoing representation of the Party, membership of, engagement with and/or (in the case of any organisation which is formally recognised by the Party) recognition by the Party, to adhere to this Code of Conduct in their activities representing the Party.
    https://www.conservatives.com/codeofconduct

  3. NMac

    Johnson is a thoroughly dishonest slob who has been telling barefaced lies for decades now. He was sacked from two jobs as a journalist for telling lies. He is totally untrustworthy and unfit for any office.

  4. Roland Laycock

    Just when you think the Tories can’t get worse this comes along, we know there trying to destroy the country and sell it of for what they can get they want to make the country the laughing stock of the worked and in the process start a world war.

  5. wildswimmerpete

    The two known Novichok agents are very small molecules and there’s no way to label any of the constituent atoms “Made in Russia”. That agent could have been made in any country with the necessary technology, particularly anywhere with factories who make organophosphorous pesticides. There’s such a factory situated a few miles from where I live.

  6. John

    Haven’t Boris and Theresa May broken the ministerial code of misleading the public, i bet the people living in the Town of Salisbury will have something to say about that.

  7. Barry

    Why does anyone think that because the daughter may or may not have opened her eyes that she wasn’t poisoned ?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      She’s fully awake now. It’s clear that something nasty happened to her; but it isn’t clear that she was attacked by Russia with a nerve agent that normally kills almost immediately.

  8. Pat Sheehan

    I did vote but I don’t think it’s reasonable to inflict these individuals on some unsuspecting nunnery or monastery. Resignations would be a start. Incarceration certainly for the level of their crimes against humanity and ‘all in it together’ would be very appropriate I think. Solitary confinement or the peace of silence are luxuries they have not earned and do not deserve. Let them act out their ‘circus of clowns’ on some remote, inhospitable island far from ‘civilization’ and lonely sea-lanes!

  9. Julian

    Where has the encyclopedia of great photos of the Skripals come from? Who took them? Where were they being kept? When were they taken?

    Yulia has been in hospital since the incident and the house has been under lock and key. Maybe she had them ready for the Press.

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