Comments on ‘Novichok: the deadly story behind the nerve agent in Sergei Skripal spy attack’

Comments on Novichok: the deadly story behind the nerve agent in Sergei Skripal spy attack

1. The article states that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people – this is not proven.

Since World War I, however, chemical weapons have been used by… the Syrian government against its own people.” Who controls them?, para 3

This is mentioned again in Novichok Family, para 7

2. The article states that a nerve agent was used in Salisbury – this has yet to be determined and has been ruled out by the Consultant at Salisbury hospital [iv].

There is no doubt that nerve agents similar to the Novichok family exist, something that has been described by defectors from Russia. One of these was used to poison the Skripals and Bailey.” Novichok Family, para 1

Some further reading for you:


.@RussiaUN: in 1992 Russia closed all Soviet chemical weapons programmes. Some of the scientists were flown to the West (incl UK) where they continued research. To identify a substance, formula and samples are needed – means UK has capacity to produce suspected nerve agent.



The saga of the #SkripalCase, gets curiouser:


2. Findings of 2016 Iranian study on novichok derivatives sent to OPCW as per: … The paper mentioned chemicals from US & Germany & lab equipment from Germany. Mrs May told big lies.


Stephen Davies, consultant in emergency medicine at Salisbury NHS Trust, has blown Teresa May’s novichok story out of the water, pointing out that no Salisbury victim has exhibited symptoms of exposure to a nerve agent.

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There was no Sarin attack in Syria

There was no Sarin attack by government planes in Khan Sheikhoun (Khan Shaykhun) on April 4th 2017.

Read two very interesting reports by top scientists. Both are fairly long but are well worth the time taken to read them.

The first one deals with the lack of biological evidence to support the claim of Sarin poisoning. The second one deals with the evidence of the delivery of the supposed Sarin, showing that it was neither dropped nor fired from a Sukhoi-22.

Firstly, Dr Denis O’Brien, who has a PhD in Neuroscience, trained in neuropharmacology and has 20 years experience of teaching and doing research in the neurosciences.

Dr Denis O'Brien

Secondly, Professor Theodore Postol, a professor emeritus of Science, Technology, and International Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Theodore Postol on Sarin attack

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In Reply to Matthew Rycroft

In reply to Matthew Rycroft

  1. Russia did not veto an investigation, they rejected the text of a draft resolution which appeared to prejudge blame for the incident in Idlib.

    voting on un resolution 04-2017

  2. One of the main reasons the UK is pursuing their stance on Syria, by continually attacking President Assad and his government, is because they are backing the USA’s wish to reduce Russia’s perceived influence in the Middle East and, of course, to push through their preferred gas pipeline plan. They hope this will reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian supplied gas, while benefiting Turkey, Saudi, Qatar etc., and increasing US influence in both the Middle East and Europe. (See also

    Iran pipelinePipeline backed by Syria, Iran & Russia

    Qatar pipelinePipeline backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, UK & US

  3. The UK government does not care about the Syrian people, what the Syrian people want or what is best for Syria. They just want to get their own way. They completely disregard the fact that the majority of people living in government controlled areas are happy with President Assad’s government.

    syr pop under control percentagesOver 70% of Syrians are living in government controlled areas

    pro gov aleppo rally 190117Pro-government/Assad rally held in Aleppo in January 2017

  4. The UK government, in conjunction with the USA and other allies, has been pushing this agenda since around 2009/10 and is why David Cameron was so insistent on backing Turkey to become a member of the EU.

    Cameron Erdogan 2010Cameron in Turkey in 2010

    David-Cameron-supports turkey for euCameron speaking in Parliament in October 2015

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We Are Being Herded, Like Sheep!

Recent events have shown just how little autonomy we really have. We are given the illusion of freedom by being ‘encouraged’ to take to the streets in protest at Trump’s actions on Women’s Rights and visa restrictions, yet we are not doing the same for the things that really matter here in the UK.

The same media, which a few weeks ago was ‘outraged’ at how much money was being spent on the Royal Family, now tells us we should be ‘outraged’ at Her Majesty being made to suffer a State Visit from Trump.

Our NHS, Community Services and Welfare Benefits are being underfunded, cut, mismanaged and subsequently contracted out to private companies while we sit at home fuming at our keyboards.

Why aren’t we out on the streets protesting now at people dying on trolleys in our hospitals while waiting to be seen or sick children being forced to rest on plastic chairs because there are no beds? Why are we just posting online about the horrors of homelessness and people freezing to death on our streets? Why aren’t we marching on Downing Street or Westminster to demand that something is done about people being obliged to rely on Food Banks or killing themselves because they are penniless, starving and have reached rock bottom?

There is a protest march planned for the first week in March, but by then the worst of the winter crisis in our hospitals will be over, the weather will be more clement and no doubt the media will have been fed something else to take attention away from what is really important.

We will continue to trot along, like the good little sheep we are, believing that we are ‘doing something’ when we are prompted by the media sheepdogs to protest things that really don’t make much difference to us here in the UK. All the while our ‘masters’ will be herding us down the path they choose, shearing away our protections, our dignity, our freedoms. Like lambs to the slaughter.

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Aleppo & The Myth of ‘Free Syria’

Recent reports coming out of Aleppo, since the departure of the terrorists, highlight just how destructive their presence was.

Businesses, factories, schools and hospitals have been systematically stripped of all valuable equipment and made unusable, plus the means of producing electricity and clean drinking water have been damaged and will take millions to repair and bring back into full service.

This above everything demonstrates that this was never about a ‘Free Syria’. Had this been the objective then no asset stripping or damage would have taken place. Those involved in the takeover, while initially violent, would have wanted to retain the means to continue with a normal life for the people.

A ‘Free Syria’ would not have involved terrorising the local people through killings, torture, starvation and being deprived of medical help, nor would it have restricted freedom of movement or worship and the imposition of a system of ‘laws’ intended to keep people in subjugation.

It is quite obvious that the whole point of it all was/is to use Western-backed terrorists to reduce Syria to a demoralised state so that those who want to control what happens there i.e. the US and allies, can take over and do as they please. They have no interest in the wellbeing of the Syrian people.

Trouble is, that as with their previous attempts to dominate Middle East countries, they have lost control of the situation. The ‘rebels’ no longer dance to the tune they are playing and the Syrian people are made of much sterner stuff than they anticipated.

It’s also no surprise that western media are not reporting the accounts of the liberated people of Aleppo or that they are ignoring the destruction caused by the ‘rebels’ both in Aleppo and in Damascus where the poisoning and disruption of the water supply has affected millions of people. Firstly, it does not fit with the image of Syria that they want people to believe and secondly, most of their ‘on the ground’ reporters were obliged to leave Aleppo on the green buses with the rest of the terrorists.

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Polls: Do They Mean Anything?


On Facebook, public figures, celebrities and organisations create ‘Pages’, these are different to the normal accounts of everyday folk.

‘Page Likes’ are done by those who want updates from those Pages to appear on their own timelines/walls, usually because they either like the person/organisation or have an interest in what is shown on the Page.

This is a very similar concept to ‘Follows’ on Twitter; they are an indication of the popularity of the subject of the page.

‘Page Likes’ are different to the ‘likes’ to be found under each individual post, just as clicking ‘hearts’ on Twitter is different to ‘Following’.

Both Page Likes and Follows can be seen as indicators of popularity and, as mentioned by some in response to a post of mine on Twitter, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber do seem, for whatever reason, to be very popular.

So, more Page Likes or more Followers and you are perceived as being more popular.

Voting Intention Polls are also, for the most part, just indicators of popularity. Pollsters ask a number of their poll site members/participants to take part in a survey, they pose questions in the way most likely to get the outcome they want, they weight the results according to the required demographic criteria and publish if they get what they wanted. The more honest publish whatever the result. Others somehow ‘lose’ data.

What they can never know about their participants is why they signed up to the survey/poll site. Was it:

  1. Because they just like doing surveys.

  2. Because it’s their way of feeling involved in decision making (most polling sites tell you this – “Give your opinion and make a difference”).

  3. Because the survey site gives incentives like prizes or money (or both).

They also don’t know how truthful or how motivated their participants are:

  1. Do they vote by Party or person

  2. Do they vote on national or local issues

  3. Is their vote influenced by whether they like one candidate more than another or whether they like the candidate standing for their ‘usual’ Party or not.

  4. Do they actually vote or do they just like to talk about politics.

Taking all these things into account, and recognising that most poll site owners see polls more as a way of influencing opinion (through publication) than as a way of measuring opinion, then Facebook and Twitter stats are probably more honest. At least the person Following or Liking a Page is showing some true interest.

Polls do not always translate into votes, as we have seen in some recent events such as the Referendum and the Labour Party leadership election. Both life, and people, are often unpredictable.

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Seven Easy Steps to Brexit

What is all the fuss about Brexit? Here’s what we have to do:

  1. Sort out the right to trigger Article 50, which, if Cameron had had advisors worth even a fraction of their fees, should have been included in the Referendum Bill.

  2. Trigger Article 50 – we then have two years to sort stuff out.

  3. Repeal the European Community Act 1972 with savings, i.e. just get rid of the agreement to join the EC (EU), the bit about free movement and the bit about trade agreements outside the EU. Keep all the rest – for now.

  4. Spend two years haggling with the EU over how much their trade losses will be if they don’t give us a good deal, while continuing to trade as we do now.

  5. Spend the same two years lining up good deals with the rest of the world under WTO rules, with a bit of haggling to make sure we get the best rate going.

  6. Take our own sweet time going through the mass of EU legislation that will then be ours. Scrap what we don’t want and keep and/or improve on the bits we do want.

  7. Sit back and sigh at a job well done.

T’aint rocket science, just needs a clear head and common sense.

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