On March 22, 2018, the Foreign Office led by Boris Johnson U.K. Foreign Secretary was adamant that Russia was to blame for an attack in Salisbury involving a former double agent and his daughter. A police officer also sustained injuries.
In a rollercoaster few weeks the British Tory government acted fast and many would say too fast.
Labour Party leader, and therefore leader of the British government’s official opposition at this time, Jeremy Corbyn, was criticised when the story broke for offering a more cautious approach.
Act in haste repent at leisure, so the saying goes.
Wednesday after experts at Porton Down said they had found no link between Russia and the nerve agent used in the attack the Foreign Office or Boris Johnson or both made sure the tweet below was quickly deleted.
As pressure mounts for P.M. Theresa May to sack Boris Johnson the Guardian reports:
“Putin says he hopes common sense will prevail in Salisbury row
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said today that he hoped “common sense” would prevail in the dispute with the UK over the Salisbury attack. Speaking at a press conference in Ankara, in Turkey, he said:
We wait for the moment when, finally, common sense comes out victorious, and international relations stop receiving the damage that we are witnessing right now.
Yesterday’s Porton Down statement represents a vindication of sorts for Craig Murray, the former ambassador to Uzbekistan (his book about his time there, Murder in Samarkand, is very good) who left the Foreign Office after becoming increasingly outspoken on the subject of human rights and who now blogs and campaigns, largely from an ultra alternative and anti-establishment viewpoint.
His suggestion that Israel is just as likely to have been to blame for the Salisbury attack as Russia would probably be seen by many people as borderline delusional.
But his Porton Down blog from three weeks ago has stood the test of time. “
Jeremy Corbyn was criticised by some of his own M.Ps for his thoughtful approach.
Will they now post a public apology?
Op-ed: It’s always sad to see Labour MPs in the mix with Tories but more so when a few weeks, or is it days, later they are all proved to have been WRONG.
#WeStandWithJeremyCorbyn has been a popular hashtag on social media for supporters of the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and it is a shame some of our own Labour MPs did not do just that!
Dare we say the usual suspects?
As Theresa May went into full attack mode against Russian leader President Putin some Labour MPs opted to applaud her and stand with her in parliament.
John Woodcock seems to have been a leading light in this.
As news broke this week that PM May and her Foreign Secretary had jumped the gun on Russia, as usual Jeremy Corbyn stands on the correct side of this affair, by having initially offered a measured approach.
Some MPs will no doubt be quick to comment that Jeremy Corbyn was a serial political rebel when he had a seat on the backbenches but he did not simply rebel to undermine a party leader rather he rebelled as he believed what he was saying.
I wonder how many who backed the Early Day Motion reproduced below can say the same?
RUSSIA'S POISONING OF SERGEI AND YULIA SKRIPAL
Date tabled: 14.03.2018
Primary sponsor: Woodcock, John
Sponsors: Streeting, Wes Creasy, Stella Doughty, Stephen Umunna, Chuka Coffey, Ann
That this House unequivocally accepts the Russian state's culpability for the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury using the illegal novichok nerve agent which has also led to the serious illness of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who went to their rescue, and to the possible poisoning of other members of the emergency services and public as yet unknown; fully supports the statement made by the Prime Minister on 14 March 2018 in response to Russia's illegal attack on the UK; further supports the Government's sanctions against Russia resulting from this incident thus far, including the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats; supports the decision not to send Government ministers or members of the Royal family to Russia until further notice; supports the Government's call for a special meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Russia's use of chemical weapons on UK soil; and resolves to consider support for further proportionate actions to deter future acts of aggression by the Russian state.
Austin, Ian Labour Party Dudley North 14.03.2018
Bailey, Adrian Labour Party West Bromwich West 14.03.2018
Barron, Kevin Labour Party Rother Valley 14.03.2018
Berger, Luciana Labour Party Liverpool Wavertree 15.03.2018
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 16.03.2018
Carmichael, Alistair Liberal Democrats Orkney and Shetland 15.03.2018
Coffey, Ann Labour Party Stockport 14.03.2018
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 19.03.2018
Coyle, Neil Labour Party Bermondsey and Old Southwark 14.03.2018
Creagh, Mary Labour Party Wakefield 19.03.2018
Creasy, Stella Labour Party Walthamstow 14.03.2018
Davey, Edward Liberal Democrats Kingston and Surbiton 16.03.2018
Docherty, Martin Scottish National Party West Dunbartonshire 15.03.2018
Doughty, Stephen Labour Party Cardiff South and Penarth 14.03.2018
Ellman, Louise Labour Party Liverpool Riverside 15.03.2018
Evans, Chris Labour Party Islwyn 14.03.2018
Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale 19.03.2018
Fitzpatrick, Jim Labour Party Poplar and Limehouse 14.03.2018
Gapes, Mike Labour Party Ilford South 14.03.2018
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 15.03.2018
Hobhouse, Wera Liberal Democrats Bath 15.03.2018
Hodge, Margaret Labour Party Barking 15.03.2018
Jardine, Christine Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 15.03.2018
Jones, Graham Labour Party Hyndburn 15.03.2018
Kinnock, Stephen Labour Party Aberavon 14.03.2018
Lamb, Norman Liberal Democrats North Norfolk 21.03.2018
Leslie, Chris Labour Party Nottingham East 15.03.2018
Lloyd, Stephen Liberal Democrats Eastbourne 16.03.2018
Malhotra, Seema Labour Party Feltham and Heston 15.03.2018
McDonald, Stewart Scottish National Party Glasgow South 15.03.2018
McGovern, Alison Labour Party Wirral South 14.03.2018
McKinnell, Catherine Labour Party Newcastle upon Tyne North 15.03.2018
Monaghan, Carol Scottish National Party Glasgow North West 16.03.2018
Murray, Ian Labour Party Edinburgh South 15.03.2018
Perkins, Toby Labour Party Chesterfield 14.03.2018
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 21.03.2018
Ryan, Joan Labour Party Enfield North 15.03.2018
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 19.03.2018
Smeeth, Ruth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 14.03.2018
Smith, Angela C Labour Party Penistone and Stocksbridge 15.03.2018
Snell, Gareth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent Central 15.03.2018
Spellar, John Labour Party Warley 15.03.2018
Stone, Jamie Liberal Democrats Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 15.03.2018
Streeting, Wes Labour Party Ilford North 14.03.2018
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 16.03.2018
Timms, Stephen Labour Party East Ham 15.03.2018
Turley, Anna Labour Party Redcar 14.03.2018
Umunna, Chuka Labour Party Streatham 14.03.2018
Wilson, Phil Labour Party Sedgefield 15.03.2018
Woodcock, John Labour Party Barrow and Furness 14.03.2018
Op-ed; Labour party members have been under tight scrutiny from the upper echelons of the party since Jeremy Corbyn was elected party leader. Supported by some of its own MPs creating division has appeared at times to be the order of the day.
But now with a general election looking likely to be scheduled for June 8 is the time for unity.
However it is hard to ignore and fail to respond to one bitter self-serving Labour MP John Woodcock.
Mr Woodcock is no stranger to acting the petulant child. He may or may not serve his constituents well but he is now failing the party, its members and its voters around the UK.
As the election was called Mr Woodcock put in place what looks like an existing plan to undermine the party, its leader Jeremy Corbyn and us all.
Check out the footage here https://www.facebook.com/253928198013563/videos/1476441002428937/i
He has acted like the very worst kind of MP a self-servative usually a term reserved for a Conservative MP.
Calling Mr Woodcock what he has now shown himself to be, a traitor, could result in the expulsion or suspension of a party member but how else can this Yorkshire woman call a spade a spade?
In politics timing is everything and Mr Woodcock timed his work for the government to perfection. The problem is he is not a Tory MP or is he?
Woodcock could yet "cross the floor" and join the Tory party or opt to stand as an independent. The footage and its wide-scale reporting in right-wing sections of the mainstream media includes a veiled threat.
Well John if you are about to quit or switch to your true political party or whatever please get on with it.
People around the country need real political change. They have more to worry about than an MP with an over-inflated ego playing politics so close to a snap election.
Labour Party supporters and voters want real change and the party's main pledges will be a great start. If you cannot see that how can you call yourself Labour?
In the final analysis "Hiding behind working for his constituents Mr Woodcock is giving the Tories a helping hand."
To quote another Bitterite or was it David Cameron "for god's sake man go now."
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