British hypocrisy in its response to poisoning of spy

Letter to the editor
Letter to the editor

The UK is crying crocodile tears over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter allegedly by Russia, but the nerve agent is just as likely to have come from Porton Down and have been administered by British agents — nee “freedom fighters” if you like.

If the story ever does get out that Britain was involved then there’ll be a “rogue elements” spin put on the whole affair — a tactic in line with traditional damage control procedure.

The fact that Britain is supplying Turkey with arms used in murdering Kurdish civilians, or that Britain is training Syrian rebels in Jordan, or that Britain is supplying Saudi Arabia with arms used in murdering Yemeni civilians or that Britain has special forces in Yemen training Yemeni troops who murder Yemeni civilians does not warrant the expulsion of diplomats of any persuasion.

It is the fact that publicly there have not been any British spies murdered abroad by British agents recently that has allowed the British government to exhibit this false show of outrage and to elevate the crime of covert poisoning above all other crimes — for the moment, anyway, until the political advantage has been exhausted.

The fact that at the moment the British airforce is conducting its own bombing missions in Syria and Iraq while British special forces are supplying the governments of Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia with intelligence they’ll use to bomb and murder their own civilians, is an irrelevance as it does not approach the crime of covert poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter.

And the fact that this covert poisoning took place in Salisbury just miles from Porton Down where British scientists have been developing deadly poisonous substances for military use for over 100 years is also an irrelevance in relation to the present hypocritical stance by the British government who are currently political point scoring rather than having genuine empathy for people suffering terror around the world at their hands and at the hands of others.

Louis Shawcross, Hillsborough, Co Down