A tour de force from May. Utter failure from Labour’s leader. And: how Blair’s Iraq legacy gives credence to deranged conspiracy theories.
Posts Tagged: Russia
Not everybody on the Opposition benches seems to think that the Russians might have been set up.
“It was absolutely outrageous, what it did in Salisbury,” he says during his first major speech on defence policy.
We are so preoccupied with Brexit and Putin that we may have missed the significance of the President’s latest sacking-and-replacement.
On corruption, fragility, innovation, human capital, creditworthiness, GDP per head – all the measures that count for most – the country is, to put it politely, not in a great place.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: May looks at last as if she is finding her feet, Corbyn gives way to incurable vanity
The Leader of the Opposition admired himself for behaving like a backbench dissident.
WATCH: The Prime Minister announces the expulsion of spies in answer to Putin’s “contempt and defiance”
She also told the Commons of new sanctions, Magnitsky legislation, and additional powers to curb the activities of the Kremlin’s agents.
Russia. May’s “full and robust respose” to the “unlawful use of force” in Salisbury. Her Commons statement: full text.
“The United Kingdom will now expel 23 Russian diplomats who have been identified as undeclared intelligence officers.”
James Frayne: The polling shows that British voters harbour a deep suspicion of Putin and the Russian state
Foreign policy is rarely at the centre of our politics, but the electorate are now likely to judge potential leaders in part on their stance towards the Kremlin.
The British Government needs to show the same resolve as in 1971, when Sir Alec Douglas-Home threw 105 KGB agents out of London.
The Moggcast. “Russia is a rogue state”, and we should use “a Magnitsky-style law” to “target people close to the Kremlin”
Why he believes Brexit will make life harder for Putin. Plus: Can Hammond hold course in today’s Spring Statement? And how does faith fit into public life?
“We will not tolerate such a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil” – May’s Salisbury statement, full text.
“We have led the way in securing tough sanctions against the Russian economy…We must now stand ready to take much more extensive measures.”
The Prime Minister reports that the Foreign Secretary has summoned the Russian ambassador to account for his country’s actions.
Mark Francois: States like Russia now pose the primary threat to the UK – we must strengthen our defences accordingly
The erroneous assumption that hostile states were no longer relevant has rightly been abandoned. Now our Armed Forces need the resources to meet the challenge.
“If there is evidence of a foreign state’s involvement, we will need to respond in a way which is appropriate.”