I suppose I feel tetchy at waking up at 4.30 in the morning with this on my mind. Still, it means I get to see the stars, and listen to the first blackbirds announcing the day before dawn has broken. They seem very busy this morning at this hour. I also feel disorientated by the stars. The Plough simply doesn't seem in the right place.
A cuppa and a cigarette later I really feel if nothing else this dreadful event shows the tabloid press to be a manipulative bunch of propaganda merchants. Surprisingly the BBC news website looks more professional about the reporting. I appreciate the more text based news on their site. I prefer reading my news.
This makes me wonder if the BBC are actually becoming better at doing the news, or if by distancing themselves from the Tabloid frenzy it makes them seem more credible. They are still very selective with the way they present current affairs. A very ‘Establishment’ slant to everything. Still I suppose the National news outlet has to be a propaganda tool for every Nation. There isn’t such a thing as ‘Free Press’. Even if reporters write or produce articles they feel unbiased, it is human nature to interpret the facts.
I had a fleeting image of a packet of sweets being shared by this father and daughter on the park bench. They had been to visit the Mother’s grave, been to a pub for a drink, gone to a nice restaurant for lunch and taken a stroll back through the park on the way back to the car.
Has anyone considered this may have been a Suicide pact? If these nerve agents need two components to activate, and they both ate the poison at the same time, it is more likely it was a sweet with a liquid centre. Like a soft centre mint. Or a caramel chocolate. For some reason I was thinking of my Mother who loved liqueur cherries. I loved buying them in a gorgeous box. They were very expensive.
The Police officer must have given mouth to mouth resuscitation to have ingested the poison. A very brave thing to do. I wonder how this substance could have contaminated so many other people if the Father and Daughter ingested the poison. I can’t remember if the news has said they were covered in dust or just foaming at the mouth.
What I do think is that this event has set off an unfortunate chain reaction that has underlined how inept senior members of the British Government are at dealing with a serious National Security event.
It seems to me this situation is being manipulated far beyond the realms of plausibility.
It also seems strange that Germany, France and Britain are being goaded by the USA over this, just when these Steel trade tarrifs are being put in place by the USA. The tarrifs don’t seem to apply to countries who will tow the USA agenda on the World stage.
I am angry that it leaves the general public as pawns in a game of propaganda politics and a trade war underway of gigantic proportions.
Perhaps this is some kind of manipulation of the British mindset as well. That France and Germany are agreeing with the Brits over this, when they are in the middle of a divorce. Is this an Olive Branch tactic, that helps smooth over some of the obvious flaws in the process of leaving the EU. Will this somehow change public opinion on the impending withdrawal form the Economic Union, and the safety of being part of a bigger picture in Europe?!
There are so many issues this awful event has raised up. Not the least of which is the continuing distrust of the Russians. I don’t think trusting the USA is an option! I cant think of one agreement they have ever kept. They are also going through senior cabinet members like a hot knife through butter.
This event in Salisbury has opened up a sinkhole over a cesspool. I can’t believe how many people seem to want to dive in it for a sticky, smelly and ignominious end.
I don’t want to live in fear. It spoils my day. If nothing else this event has opened a can of seething worms. It has shown the level of diplomatic expertise in the British government to be virtually defunct.
It has seen the Russians responding with some bristling fur, and a rather large set of Bear Fangs, and just how manipulative the USA can be when they lean on the rest of the world in a trade war.
Anyway with the comforting noise of the bin men taking away the glass at just gone Six am, I very much appreciate the sounds of the day. Also that someone else evidently gets up at 4.30 in the morning to start their day. Thankyou to everyone who does these jobs, there is nothing like the bin men coming and shaking up the glass and rubbish with the sounds of reality.