Tuesday April 7, 2020

Britain is becoming a deeply angry place

The political reaction to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury suggests the Commons was having a ‘Belgrano moment’. But the global response has been underwhelming

18th March, 2018
Vladimir Putin: was the attack intended to damage him politically? Pic: Getty

You could be forgiven for thinking, this past week that we were back in 1968 and not 2018, such were the Cold War-type scenarios: Russian former spies, assassination plots, poisoning with nerve agents and the quiet and historic English cathedral town of Salisbury under lock-down as men in spacesuits patrolled the streets.

It is important from the outset to distinguish between two things: the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia using a nerve agent,...

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