OPINION: Blaming Russia Isn’t Working Anymore!
So, yesterday was quite the media circus wasn’t it? Basically, for those that missed it, it looks like Arron Banks had a few more meetings with Russian officials than he let on. The intimation, obviously, is that the success of the Brexit campaign was, in fact, directly attributable to Russian gold, actually quite literally since Mr Banks was allegedly offered a Russian gold mine.
What bearing this is supposed to have had on Brexit no one is really entirely sure. Even if Mr Banks did have more vodka-soaked lunches than he let on I for one cannot see the material difference it makes. I feel immensely sorry for Isabel Oakeshott, the journalist who broke this story, she is a staunch Brexiteer and I have to say I am not convinced pressure wasn’t applied to her to release this information now, which given the gravity of the week we have coming up regarding Brexit seems awfully convenient timing for its Remoaning enemies. In her piece she sounds like she is trying to absolve herself of doing something she knows to be wrong, for example;
As a long-standing Brexit supporter I already knew Farage well, so the relationship with his friends’ Banks and Wigmore developed naturally. As a result, I became privy to a great many secrets. I valued this relationship which was — and continues to be — one of trust.
This outcome hardly seems likely. The real question she has to answer is why she felt the pressing need to divulge this information in the interests of national security right now, oh so conveniently timed for some, the reason she gives us relates to a hack on her computer:
The timing of my decision to release some of Banks’s and Wigmore’s personal communications with their Russian contacts was forced by the criminal hacking of my computer files.
In the early hours of March 30 this year, in the midst of my investigations, a concerted attempt was made to break into my email and other computer storage systems. The hackers succeeded in accessing some of my accounts. All were fully password protected.
Oakeshott is a well-known and widely respected journalist. If this attempted hack was the motivation why wait over two months? She could have got this story published within days, probably even the next day. So, why wait? The sums simply don’t add-up I am afraid.
I digress. The real point of this sorry tale is that honestly blaming Russia doesn’t work anymore but when the big bad Russian bear is wheeled out for a poke it does mean the establishment is up to something. It doesn’t work because people see straight through it. Who, for example, has heard from the chemical weapons experts sent into Dourma which we were all told would find the smoking gun that proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Assad and by-implication the Russians were responsible? No one has because that farce has served its purpose, provided the pretext for the last round of airstrikes.
This is what really should worry Brexiteers about the weekends’ events, not Arron’s antics. The fact that this line has been peddled at all probably means the Parliamentary votes on the Brexit Bill on Tuesday and Wednesday will probably bring some nasty surprises for us all. One thing is for sure if that does happen and I truly believe it will then we all know who to blame and it isn’t the Russians.