Last night, after the midnight ultimatum given to Russia by Theresa May had passed, I jokingly posted the following, a paraphrasing of Neville Chamberlain’s declaration of war with Germany in September 1939:
"NEWS BREAKNumber Ten has produced the following message from Prime Minister, Theresa May:
"Yesterday I gave Vladimir Putin until midnight today to explain the use of a Russian-made nerve agent in the Salisbury attack or face retaliation for "a brazen attempt to murder innocent civilians on our soil".
I have to tell you now that no such explanation has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Russia.""
In a different post another Facebook user suggested that this could be a party-political move by Theresa May in that it would be difficult to dislodge a wartime prime minister. Back in 1982 Thatcher’s standing in the polls was very poor. By April the country was at war with Argentina over the Falklands. By June, with the Falkland’s won back, Thatcher had called and won a general election.
Today's an opportunity for May’s government to impose a host of vicious policies on an unsuspecting public. It's a form of the three-card-trick - in that it's all about distraction.