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Never mind the Russians, Britain is rotten to the core

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15.09.2018

THE television interview conducted by Russia Today with Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov seemed to be progressing smoothly. The men accused of being hitmen of the Russian state with Novichok in their rucksacks could plausibly have been sightseers on a weekend break to Salisbury who had been neglectful in checking out the UK weather.

Then they mentioned Old Sarum, the ancient rotten borough near Stonehenge that encapsulated the electoral corruption of 18th century England. This is when their story began to unravel: they did have murder on their minds after all, but it was Jacob Rees-Mogg they were targeting. This was all part of a fell anti-Brexit plot.

Indeed I wouldn’t have been surprised if there were a couple of dodgy types outside Mr Rees-Mogg’s London home the other day wearing Moscow Dynamo tops underneath their coats and telling the children their dad was a durak. Why, their story had more holes in it than Tony Blair’s dodgy dossier that took us back to war in Iraq.

Those bloody Russians: interfering in other people’s elections; violating the sovereignty of foreign countries; telling the world their economy is robust when we all know that it has the turnover of a pop-up launderette in Possilpark. We’re dealing with a rogue state here whose first instinct is to lie, dissemble and delude its own people.

You’d never catch the British Government behaving in such a cavalier and disdainful manner on matters affecting its citizens and those of other lands. And if you did, well ... we’ve got the Official Secrets Act, the 30-year rule and assorted........

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