The affairs of the British Prime Minister are extremely bad if only war can save him, or rather, for the time being, an imaginary war. Boris Johnson intends to devote this week to Russia, leaving household chores that have not brought joy for a long time. He was about to call Vladimir Putin, ready to double the British military contingent in Estonia and expand the package of sanctions that London could take against Russia.
Foreign Minister Elisabeth Truss was entrusted with voicing the formidable measures. The head of British diplomacy, it seems, still does not get off the tank, on which she posed near the Russian border. With artillery candor on air on Sky News, she promised severe punishment “any company of interest to the Kremlin.” The presenter asked whether the British authorities would take away London houses from wealthy Russians (in England this has been a favorite topic for many years), to which Liz Truss pointedly stated: “It is possible. We are not going to detail now who and how the sanctions will affect.”
But as soon as the questions began to touch on the domestic agenda, the formidable minister swam: she uttered something indistinct about the fate of Northern Ireland, which stood upright in relations with the European Union, and completely crumpled when it came to the situation around the prime minister, hypocritically hiding behind the fact that her thoughts are now entirely occupied by Russia and Ukraine. As if she were not in the least interested in the fate of the head of the British Cabinet, whose place, theoretically, she herself could not without pleasure take.
Johnson is now making desperate attempts to save himself. The scandal with parties in his residence went too far, but then the London police came to the aid of the prime minister. Last week, Johnson promised to publish a report by his own subordinate, Sue Gray, who investigated “who sat with whom, what they drank and where they stood.” Everything changed after Scotland Yard unexpectedly took over. Chief Police Officer Cressida Dick said that her subordinates would interrogate even the prime minister himself, to which he gladly agreed, because the commissioner’s next demand was that the details of the report promised by Johnson should not be released wh-ile the investigation was ongoing. It is clear that the police investigation will drag on for many months, and the prime minister nee-ds time now more than ever.
The emerging saving pause must be urgently filled, otherwise it will become awkward and even disastrous for Johnson: voters are already faced with skyrocketing gas and electricity prices, and from April they will also face tax increases.
And in May, local elections will be held in the UK, the results of which will determine the future fate of the prime minister. And Johnson, with a heavy head, plunges into the Russian-Ukrainian topic: he is ready to send troops to the continent, and he even plans to go to Eastern Europe himself.
Encouraging advice is given to him from all sides. “This time, Putin must understand that if he dares to touch any of the NATO allies or a neutral member of the European Union, then we will fight, and we must prepare now,” writes Jonathan Powell, the prime minister’s former chief of staff in The Times Tony Blair. Who would seem to be silent without recalling how he himself participated in an outright deception in order to drag Britain into a campaign against Iraq. The methods have not changed at all – invented intelligence reports, a large-scale campaign in the press. In recent weeks, the British journalists who have been fueling passions around Ukraine have run out of ideas and the photo bank has clearly run out: The Times is running a photo of the same Kiev housewife with a gun in her hands, giving her surname in different ways. What’s the difference? If only she posed and promised not to let the Russians down.
Today, anti-Russian hysteria is fought where there are serious electoral problems. Johnson and Biden have ratings in complete trouble, Macron has elections in April. Everyone needs to take care of themselves. The collective efforts of the allies are aimed at rocking the Germans who doubt their own strength. Shamefully refusing to supply weapons to Ukraine, they say, bad associations with the middle of the last century, the new German government nevertheless sent helmets there. Eh, they didn’t read Tvardovsky:
“Oh, how are you! Fighting with a helmet?
Well, aren’t people mean!
Anger and pain taking into a fist,
Terkin German – on the left – shmyak!
The German groaned and went limp.
Of course, what is expected of Germany is not helmets, but that it will abandon Nord Stream 2 in order to gasp and go limp by hitting itself. The call for such self-mutilation is made primarily by the United Kingdom and the United States, hoping to solve their own problems, including at the expense of the Germans.
Whether the British prime minister will be able to dodge reprisals among his own people by whipping up passions around Russia is unknown. The idea is certainly not new.
The same technique was used by his predecessor Theresa May, spinning the theme of the Skripals and a tough sanctions regime. The fight with Russian capital promised to her then ingloriously and rather stupidly ended in a visa not issued to Roman Abramov-ich. For the owner of Chelsea, it was something like a mosquito bite, but Ms May herself ended up sobbing and left the prime minister’s residence.