A poor matinee after a genuine tragedy

SkripalIt is very hard to understand how our government can store up information about the ‘spying’ profile of staff in any London based Embassy and do nothing about it until the Government which owns the Embassy is accused of an attack on two people in Salisbury, with the added impact on a hard working police officer who was caught in the chemical cross fire. On the other hand how does removing a handful of foreign Civil Servants from a high profile building in our Capital assist our nation in making sense of what has happened and what needs to be done to protect our own residents including police officers and those we have provided sanctuary to. This seems to have all of the hallmarks of a theatrical performance and when placed in the centre of the House of Commons debating Chamber perhaps it was more like a Circus or Pantomine.

The text in Wikipedia suggests that Sergei Skripal “acted as a double agent for the UK’s intelligence services during the 1990s and early 2000s. He settled in the UK in 2010 following the Illegals Program spy swap.” Assuming this is true then our own hands are dirty as Mrs May will surely know very well. The idea of the Russian and American Governments using the attack on Skripal and his daughter to launch their own performance on the stage of the United Nations is just as disturbing, particularly as it is played out on our screens and there will be an impact on our nation. How many American ‘intelligence’ staff are based in their embassy and indeed how many live in the UK based embassies of other nations that have a track record in using embassies and consulates as a base for state terrorism? 

In the short term there is no doubt some benefit to be gained by the Government and Theresa May for the way she responds publicly to what happened in Salisbury on 4th March. However such matters will quickly slip off the newspaper front pages. What really counts is how to improve our security as a nation and how to strengthen the security of UK residents who visit nations such as Russia. The idea that we can be expected to believe that all of these problems are caused by a few spies in an Embassy in London or even by a few people in the Kremlin is foolishness. Once nerve agents are created and made available to such people, they eventually end up in the hands of other people who are on the periphery of foreign governments including our own. The same is true of all weapons including those that Tony Blair defined as weapons of mass destruction. Whilst the attack on three people in Salisbury is something that will have impacted many of us, the real truth is that as residents of the world, the violent death of a single person in Syria or Yemen or anywhere in the world is also a threat to us all. We need the Governments of our world to focus on meaningful peace, not on retaliation!

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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