These two fellows (Ruslan on the left) are alleged to have carried out the nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March. Appearances can be deceptive but they don’t look like highly trained assassins to me. We are told Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov are not their real names. They are “believed to be” from GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. I watched Prime Minister May give her statement to the House yesterday and her narrative describing this attack on Britain was compelling. Echo chambers are available aplenty online for those who believe the UK regime’s story – and for those who think it is a pack of lies. Pick your own.
From the commentary and analysis I have read and watched today, I have been exercised by one peculiarity (among many).
Starting point: I accept that Theresa May is telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about Salisbury and the evil Russians. I am very disappointed, therefore, that extradition of Alexander and Ruslan is not being considered. The UK says this is because Russia has constitutional rules that prevent it from extraditing its citizens. This afternoon, Vassily Nebenzia, Russian envoy to the United Nations, seemed to be encouraging the UK to at least ask. I think the UK will pass on his invitation. The last thing May’s “government” wants is for President Putin to deliver the two men to London to face trial. Evidence of guilt will then have to be produced. And light may fall on UK regime dark deeds. Perfidious Albion will, I think, settle for the European Arrest Warrant (to demonstrate seriousness) and keep fingers crossed that Ruslan and Ludmilla stay within Federation borders for the rest of their lives.
I hope, one day, that whoever did attempt to do the Skripals harm, and by reckless action caused the death of Dawn Sturgess, will be brought to book and punished appropriately.
The 250 detectives who have spent the last few months watching CCTV and taking statements are now free to go in search of Real British Criminals who commit unspeakable offenses on an industrial scale that lead to way more than one death and infinitely more misery than has been ascribed to this Russian couple (and their masters).
Oh, please don’t bomb Syria again Mrs. M. Not in my name. And let Yulia go home.
On the 7th August 1880, the unfortunate George MARTIN appeared before the Bridlington Petty Sessions. This insignificant event passed me by on Tuesday so I made a note to update the story next year. This morning the Radio Five Live breakfast news informed me that “America” was intending to impose more sanctions on Russia for poisoning the Skripals. And yesterday several social media companies in the vicinity of San Francisco wiped Alex Jones’ Info Wars from their platforms. News of other hideous events appeared during the day. They all seemed to be connected.
I wrote a brief post about poor George in Looking at Filey a few years ago. Here is the syndicated news report that also appeared in The Scarborough Mercury.
I added the following comment:-
The only likely young George MARTIN I could find was George J., aged 20 in 1881, a jet worker living with his widowed aunt at Pier, Whitby (RG114834 f95). I hope this was the wanderer because the record suggests he had three things going for him – a roof over his head, a wage coming in and family to care for him – enough to keep the demons at bay, perhaps. I wonder what became of him.
With access to more sources, I looked again and found evidence to support my hunch. Two months earlier a Whitby jet worker of the same name had appeared before a Scarborough court.
I think there is just enough here to proceed on the assumption that these disturbed Georges are one and the same – and that he was with his Aunt in Whitby when the census enumerator came to call the following year.
I did some more detective work but failed to discover what became of George. I found out, though, that tragedy attended his birth. He was just a few days old, at most a month or so, when a terrific storm hit the northeast coast of England. Many vessels were driven on shore and wrecked. A lot of sailors lost their lives. The Whitby lifeboat went out at least five times and rescued a number of men before a particularly nasty combination of waves, rebounding from the stricken vessel Merchant of Maldon, turned the lifeboat over. Only one of the crew survived. Of the twelve that drowned…
Six of the bodies, viz., Isaac Dobson, Matthew Laidley, Wm. Walker, Wm, Storr, Wm. Tyneman, and George Martin, were recovered on the same day. The majority of these twelve men had saved the crews of five vessels that day; and these brave fellows, especially the Storrs and the Laidleys, had on many occasions within the last twenty years heroically and devotedly risked their lives for the preservation of others; and it mattered not how tempestuous the storm, or how heavy the sea, if they saw their fellow creatures in imminent danger, they would make intrepid and strenuous exertions to save them.
This Yorkshire Gazette account of 16 February notes those left behind included “Geo. Martin, aged 25, wife and infant”, and says, “It may also be remarked that George Martin’s brother and Christopher Collins’s brother were drowned by the upsetting of a coble on February 4th, 1842.”
When the 1861 Census was taken a few weeks later, on the 7th of April, infant George James was with his mother Jane at the home in Cragg, Whitby, of her older sister Ann, and husband Mark WINN. Ten years later Jane and George were enumerated at Pier, Whitby. And, as noted earlier, in 1881 widow Ann Winn, aged 60, is recorded at Pier with George James and niece Ellen NORTON, aged 12. Sources indicate that Jane had remarried and was living nearby, at Cragg, with husband William LEWIS and 24-year-old stepson, Henry – a police constable! (You couldn’t make it up.)
The WILTON girls, Ann and Jane, can be found on FamilySearch Tree, and Mark WINN too, but they are as yet “unconnected”. I couldn’t find the Georges Martin but they may be on the World Tree somewhere.
The bravery of those Whitby fishermen and sailors, who risked their lives to save others, is in marked contrast to the behavior of “men” nowadays. A couple of news reports today say a Saudi led airstrike on Yemen has killed fifty people, most of them children in a school bus, and a report just released tells us that monks and teachers at Ampleforth and Downside schools have been sexually abusing children for over 40 years.
It seems unlikely that America will impose sanctions on the Saudis for slaughtering innocents. Perhaps it will be argued that International Law hasn’t been broken.
Unless I have missed something, there has been no evidence presented yet to prove that Russia tried to kill the Skripals with Novichok. The regimes in the United States, UK, some EU countries, Arab States, Israel – lunatics all and, terrifyingly, at large. (Many of their misdeeds are, of course, not reported at all.)
Two divergent views on the Skripal Case – on two very different media platforms.
Both interviewees were intelligence officers, Annie Machon with MI5 and Boris Volodarsky with the Soviet Army (GRU Spetsnaz).
Annie has her own website and this makes her somewhat less spooky.
The UK regime pushed its difficult to swallow narrative very hard from the outset and set an attack dog onto poor Rachel Burdon, a Five Live Breakfast Programme presenter. I really like Rachel. She has a good heart and doesn’t deserve having to work for the BBC. Richie Allen offered his views on her exchange with Tom Tugenhadt, Conservative MP for Tonbridge, Edenbridge and Malling, on the 13th March. Don’t listen if you are offended by f-bombs.
There has been little interest online today in Sergey Lavrov’s revelation about BZ poison. A longer version of the Foreign Secretary’s announcement has been posted on YouTube. It raises other matters that could make the present UK regime uncomfortable – but they have been in circulation for several days. I couldn’t find any “post-Lavrov announcement” references to BZ by other Russian Federation representatives. I expect they may wait until Theresa May has spoken to Parliament tomorrow before sticking the boot in. Give her a bit more rope. Or perhaps they will keep quiet about it, having decided they quite enjoy the spectacle of clowns at the wheel of HMS Perfidious Albion. (I had somehow missed the Russian accusation that British Intelligence had been responsible for the Douma “fabrication”.)
The human casualty total of Trump’s Strike is either zero dead or four, and all the cruise missiles hit their targets or 71 were shot down by venerable Soviet Union era defense systems. POTUS seemed to be well pleased with the attack but it doesn’t seem like value for money for taxpayers of the three aggressor countries. Unless you put a high value on terrifying families in houses near the targets that were hit. One factory that used to make an antidote for snake bites was on the edge of a housing estate. It is very welcome that the strike was so feeble, intentionally it seems now, and Nikki Haley’s “locked and loaded” threat is probably idle bluster.
Today’s viewing included a short introduction to Syria’s misnamed “civil war” that taught me a lot I didn’t know – Deceit. I also happened upon a 6-year-old interview with Bashar al Assad. The rude harridans from the BBC, Sky News and Channel 4 could learn a lot about interview technique from Sophie Shevardnadze. What a thoroughly decent fellow President Assad seems to have been in 2012. He answered every question openly and some of them were quite challenging. Judge for yourself whether he could turn into an “Animal” who enjoys gassing children or may still be a decent, humble man.
I watched some of the United Nations Security Council Meeting last night. I was late arriving at the live stream, so didn’t see the Russian opening statement. I was, though, in good time to hang my head in shame when the ambassador for the UK spoke. The French representative impressed me, however, even though he was in clear support of the pusillanimous Brits. Here is some of what he said:-
President, the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons is the very bedrock of the non-proliferation regime upon which our collective security system is founded. In that understanding, the rampant and unrestrained re-emergence in the Middle East, Asia and now in Europe of these vile weapons cannot be tolerated. We established a taboo on the rise of chemical weapons together and that taboo, or that ban has been broken, including in Salisbury. This speaks as to why it is urgent that we re-affirm and build upon the absolute prohibition on the use of chemical weapons. The trivialization of the use of chemical weapons would mark the victory of barbarity over civilization and would mark a terrible setback for international order. That is why we cannot sit idly by when they are used and all the more so when, and let us not deceive ourselves, a trivialisation of chemical weapons will only open the door for the spectre of chemical terrorism which we all fear so rightly, as we would all pay the price for said chemical terrorism. This is why France will never allow those who develop or use toxic agents to enjoy impunity. We reiterate our full support for the institutions and framework, in particular, the OPCW. France will remain fully committed to supporting the OPCW’s activities with all the means at our disposal.
Well said, mon brave. I hope France will honour your sentiments.
Source via Seemorerocks.
A day after Mr. Aitkenhead, Chief Executive at Porton Down, said they couldn’t say where the nerve agent had been manufactured, the BBC morning news carried the claim that the UK Government could name the damned spot in Russia. Hmm. But what if the picture above is an accurate signpost to “the truth”. What if the UK poodle, egged on by its master, tried to whack the Skripals with a chemical weapon and there’s the proof? What will the French, and the rest of the civilized world, do then?
Five years ago The Telegraph carried a report about British interests in exporting ingredients for chemical weapons to, of all places, Syria.
More recently –
The BBC has been preparing UK citizens for a while – President Assad, with Russian assistance, is going to launch a chemical attack on his own people soon.
American forces are, it seems, going to stay illegally in Syria for a while longer, presumably so that they can support their terrorist proxy fighters to carry out the heinous ‘false flag’ event. One can only hope that the Salisbury fiasco will so totally unravel that the planned Syria attack will be shelved – because no human being of sound mind will “buy it”.
I think it is highly likely that MI5/MI6 tried to bump off the Skripals, perhaps using assassins from another EU country. The UK Government, via its public propaganda machine (the BBC), is so obviously culpable of spreading disinformation. The Tories have a motive – to cry “insecurity” and use fear to postpone Brexit or ditch it altogether. Russia couldn’t benefit in any way from the crime.
There is no other plausible explanation – the UK did it. Shame on the British ruling class.
The two Beasts from the East last month gave the tides enough muscle to wreck Filey Bay beaches and damage man-made structures. Here is Herring Hill, photographed a week ago.
Transcore men were on the case today.
The concrete jumble in the middle distance is to the left of my shadow in the photograph below. You can see how much sand has been scoured away by the variation in colour at the base of the two relict pillboxes. The ridges and furrows of pebbles and gravel are a sight to behold. It may, however, only take a couple of tides to bring all the lost sand back. The sea works in mysterious ways.
The damage done to the credibility of the United Kingdom by the present government may take a lot longer to repair. May, Johnson et al continue to double down on the Skripal farrago and the BBC’s well-spring of useful idiots trotted out to make unsubstantiated claims of Russian guilt is showing no sign of running dry. Jeremy Corbyn must be wondering why “calling for the utilization of proper channels of international law before attributing blame” (source) makes him an instant traitor.
Maybe The Phantom Poisoner will be proven, eventually, to have Russian connections. But the British Government doesn’t have the proof yet, otherwise it would have presented it to the world already.
Thank goodness for the antidote to poisonous Tory hate speech offered by Maria Zakharova.