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Apart from the rest, what have we come to know about former London Mayor, current Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, in recent times. Well, firstly, Boris’ profound loathing of Russian Crimea, something he takes every opportunity to vent, and vent.
And secondly, Boris’ love of bridges. Just a couple of months ago, Boris was declaring how he would like to build a bridge across the UK channel, to France, all 22 miles of it. That met with some discussion at the time.
But then, it turns out that Boris had been hiding from us just how deep his love of bridges goes. You see this week we learned that Boris, while Mayor of London, wanted so much to build a bridge crossing the Thames, between Temple and South Bank, that he poured over £40 million of taxpayers’ money into it. With not so much as a beam to show for it. Or rather not so much as a potted plant, perhaps, because Boris wanted to build a bridge … with a garden on it.
Perhaps like yourself, I’d never even seen a ‘Garden Bridge’ as a concept before, and after seeing the pictures, can clearly understand why. Gardens and bridges have distinct, and separate roles, something many could have surely explained to Boris for considerably less than £40 million of public money…
We learned all this with Boris called into a hearing as to where it all went wrong for that bridge, which will never be built. With his bridge, among other, credibility now in tatters, the ‘Boris Bridge’ over the channel will now surely stay as a bridge pipe-dream, albeit a far less expensive one than the Garden Bridge.
Meanwhile, in Crimea, president Putin has announced their epic, 19km bridge will open on budget, and around half a year earlier than had been projected, not December, but in the next few months. Think of all the tips Boris could have got from there, on his beloved subject, had he not, indeed, burned his bridges…
This week, on the fringes of the Conservative annual conference in Manchester, Uk Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cracked a joke about the Libyan city of Sirte, becoming the next Dubai if they could ‘clear the dead bodies away’. The remark, of course tasteless, and insensitive, and that’s Boris, drew anger, and condemnation from a number of sources:
On Sunday 1st October, violence in Catalonia by the Spanish police, aimed at crushing the independence referendum of that day which delivered a 90% ‘yes’ vote, resulted in around 900 injured. It resulted in a tidal wave of outrage, condemnation, and more – from the media, politicians, commentators, groups, Joey Barton – a sampling of that here –
So the west can certainly condemn when it wants to. But the condemnation, and attention, in the case of Catalonia, from one day of beating, easily surpassed that directed at Donbass, for over 3 years of war there, and ongoing shelling of civilian areas, by Ukrainian forces.
In August of 2014, Ukrainian forces destroyed a truck carrying refugees fleeing from the war, killing at least 17 – mostly women and children –
I’ve written about that here:
It was condemned by the US:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department condemned the deadly shelling of a convoy in eastern Ukraine on Monday that killed dozens of people,
but said it could not confirm who was responsible for the attack.
This attack was 100%, clearly by Ukraine, who made no real attempt to even deny it. But, that’s ok, the west has got them covered.
From October 2014 – Ukraine crisis: Red Cross condemns Donetsk shelling
However, they only did this because one of their own members was killed. And they let Ukraine off the hook with the classic get out – ‘The rebels and the government blamed each other for the shelling.’
But look at January 2015, when shelling hit the city of Mariupol, in Donbass, killing arond 30 civilians. The OSCE were quick, not only to condemn:
OSCE Chief Monitor in Ukraine condemns Mariupol shelling as reckless, indiscriminate and disgraceful attack on innocent civilians, including women and children
Both sides indeed blamed each other for this. Evidence was presented to support both claims. Yet the OSCE just went ahead and blamed ‘the rebels’ –
None of the ‘both sides blame each other’ here…
In February of this year, in a warzone, the OSCE – based in Kiev, and generally regarded as doing surveillance for Ukraine, pitched up near a Donbass block-post and attempted to fly their drone, without permission. They were told not to do that, as you can imagine in pretty strong terms, by DPR members.
This result in more condemnation: Ukraine conflict: US condemns threat to OSCE monitors
So, we can see, the west can condemn when it wants to. It can even condemn in Donbass. However, it only does so when one of their own is affected, or they can blame the ‘pro-Russian rebels’ for something.
As for Boris, no condemnation from him, for Catalonia, and of course not for Donbass. And due to the actions of Boris, there are more ‘dead bodies to clear away’, there.
However, no condemnation from the west for any of that.
The UK’s unconditional support of Euromaidan:
The UK’s involvement in the Ukraine war:
The UK won’t listen to a word about what Ukraine’s actually doing in Donbass:
The UK apply an outrageous double-standard about those Brits who took arms in the Ukraine war:
The UK are telling you absolute lies about Donbass:
In Ukraine, ‘radicals’ have published the latest issue of playing cards issued to Ukrainian soldiers with ‘kill targets’ on them. But don’t be fooled by ‘radicals’, be sure the Ukrainian government have given their full support to this, and the cards will be issued to Ukrainian soldiers, as previously (see my photos here of cards, after Ukrainian forces retreated from Lugansk airport, September 2014) –
As well as myself, a UK freelance journalist, being on there, there are several other journalists, including prominent Russian journalist Dmitry Steshin.
So, where’s the outrage over this from the west? The headlines blasting Ukraine Targets Journalists…. where’s the outrage from western governments??
Nowhere at all. Remember, this is Ukraine and the west will blindly support Ukraine, because it’s a really convenient country to use to have a go at Russia.
However, now head over to Boris’s Facebook page and have a look. Because the signs are, not everyone’s swallowing it anymore – the top comments on Boris’ post praising Maidan, here:
EU meddling left Putin with no choice. Ukrainian territorial integrity would have been maintained if the EU had not persisted with its ridiculous expansionist agenda. For what it’s worth, I think the Foreign Office position on this is dead wrong, just as it is on Syria. Russia deserves to be treated with more respect.
Well said Tim Watkins
The Russian Embassy has am excellent response to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Report on the Relationship with Russia
There has been an intense London-Washington false propaganda campaign about both, especially Syria given the intensity and length of involvement there.
And they completely fa to mention the illegal US action in Kiev and the coup, or to show any concern for Ukrainians who opposed that
Really sickening but the Government’s.behaviour appears out.of control
I corresponded with the Foreign Office, which is a waste of time Dire attitude and standard with dishonesty about both, intensely about Syria
Indeed, I am a five tour veteran of the Royal Marines and I side with the Russians as well. We saw what happened when we got rid of Saddam and Gadaffi, and we want to do the same thing with Assad? It is monumental ignorance and the entire British public knows it. The establishment are desperate for war with Russia, they have to know that we absolutely will not stand for it.
Now of course there are other comments on there, expressing other opinions. But, something is clear, Boris’ (and lets call it what it is) bullshit isn’t fooling all the people anymore!
I’ve been back in the UK for over a month now, and in that time, I’ve come to understand a few things better, especially the meaning of Orwell’s phrase that the future is ‘a boot stamping on a human face forever’.
But that’s hardly where the Orwell references end. Because in the UK it’s works a truly Orwellian-style propaganda machine, designed to keep the populace in eternal suspension of the purported threat of, of course – Russia!
There’s Boris Johnson over in Kiev, churning out an incessant slew of anti-Russian rhetoric, without any substance to back it up, but because it’s anti-Russian, it’ll naturally be accepted unquestioned:
What we do have, of course, is Boris meeting ‘Crimean Tatars’ and condemning Russia’s ‘illegal annexation‘ of Crimea…
Yet this provided without any context whatsoever. Russia’s ‘illegal annexation‘ of Crimea came about after a referendum there, which came about after a violent overthrow of government in Ukraine, Euromaidan. Yet, Euromaidan is exalted in the UK, events at eminent establishments are held in its honour, and dissenting from the narrative is not condoned –
Euromaidan is so important because the whole house of cards rests on it. It must be purported that Euromaidan was good. Because then it can be sustained that Crimea, and Donbass, are ‘bad’, and ‘Russian aggression’. And the situation in Crimea must be made out to be ‘bad’ (as it always is), with particular focus on the Crimean Tatars and their supposed repression.
In the above Crimean Tatar photo, it looks like Crimean Tatar figure Mustafa Dzhemilev, self-appointed ‘leader of Crimean Tatars‘, who supported Euromaidan in Crimea, left in 2014 for Kiev, and has provided an endless source for western media of reports of repression, persecution etc against Crimean Tatars in Crimea, despite himself not having been there for some 3 years now.
In Crimea, some are puzzled why Dzhemilev has never attempted to return to the peninsula, most accept that he has found a lucrative stream in Kiev, endlessly reciting how ‘repressed’ his people are, to eager audiences who ensure he is well remunerated for his suffering.
Yet in Crimea, Dzhemilev is regarded by most Crimean Tatars as a traitor to his own people:
And, as here, my reportage, while you can find Crimean Tatars who will tell you they preferred life under Ukraine, they are in the minority, and more, feel free to express that opinion:
But, none of this must be allowed to reach mainstream media. There, it can only be a wall of ‘blame Russia’, that’s become so much of a meme the Russian Embassy in the UK regularly joke about it –
What are the Ukrainian Embassy doing, meanwhile? Pumping out a relentless stream of tweets blaming Russia for everything…
And they are fully supported by the UK in doing this, the UK’s own embassy ever happy to tweet, retweet anything, as long as it’s pro-Ukrainian, and by default, anti-Russian. Ukraine really is an incredibly convenient country for those looking for a stick with which to beat Russia, so much so that all are willing to turn a blind eye to the manifest problems with, and in, Ukraine –
And when it’s not Ukraine, there’s always a subculture of Russia which can be passed off as Russia, look at Reggie Yates’ recent ‘yoof’ style series on BBC, Extreme Russia, simply a chance to go round exposing all that’s bad about the country, safe in the knowledge that no one over here will either disagree, or seek to present the other side.
So, that’s the reality as we have it, walls, and waves of anti-Russian propaganda. And nowhere’s safe, not even sport, this is how the BBC are portraying the upcoming World Cup in Russia:
Of course there are those in the UK who can see behind the lies, and the masks, to the truth. But you have to really want to. You are faced with a colossal propaganda machine in the UK, to lie down is to let it simply stamp all over you. To stand against it, you have to be be prepared to, as things are now, stand almost alone.