What is already known about alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is that he was, while Foreign Secretary, not passed to see some sensitive information. It seems Bozo The Clown may be considered a potential security risk. Then there is the problem of his chief polecat Dominic Cummings, and Dom’s former Vote Leave colleague Matthew Elliott, whose Russian connections have attracted some suspicion.
Added to this, a report has just been compiled on potential Russian interference in UK elections. This may have happened; it may not. But there seems no reason not to let the redacted version of the report be published. Not, that is, if Bozo, Dom and Matt have nothing to hide. Which brings us to the non-publication of the report. A report which has gone to 10 Downing Street, where its progress has mysteriously stalled.
Enter Dominic Grieve, who last week, as Chair of the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, raised a point of order in the House on the subject of the now stalled report. He has now been interviewed by Sky News on the subject. His claims are worrying.
“My committee … is cross party, non partisan … given access to highly classified information … there to scrutinise the work of the security services … we have prepared a report on Russia. A very wide report, it covers espionage, actions against our close partners, subversion, a wide range of topics. We had that report ready, redacted, we’d agreed what could be published with the agencies and the Cabinet Office”.
And then? “The final stage on the 17th of October was to send that report to the Prime Minister for what ought to be the formality of signing it off. The protocol says it should take ten days to do, and at the end of the ten days it has still not been signed off, which is why I raised a point of order in the House of Commons, because if it cannot be published by Tuesday, it will not be published until April or May of next year”. Then came an interruption.
10 Downing Street, the Sky presenter claimed, said that the sign-off process “normally takes six weeks”. What say Grieve to that? “What No 10 has said is completely and totally untrue. It’s a lie. I really get worried about this. The process of getting this report cleared is finished. The last stage, clearance by the Prime Minister, is programmed for ten days”.
There was more. “The suggestion that six weeks are needed is just astonishing. I really begin to worry about what the No 10 spokesmen are saying nowadays. They’re going out with things which are quite simply whopping untruths”. Which sounds very much as if Polecat Dom, a congenital liar to match Bozo, is the source of that claim.
From there, one has to ask why Cummings, and perhaps Elliott and Bozo, want to stall the publication of that report. If there are credible accusations of interference by Russian state actors, let’s see them and see how they stand up. Likewise claims of interference by other foreign states in UK affairs - and especially elections.
For the report to be stalled, and a pack of lies advanced to excuse the stalling, merely compounds the suspicion that one or more of Dom, Matt and Bozo may not come out of publication smelling of roses. It could, of course, be leaked next week. Just a thought.
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