IF you’re laughing at Russia’s ridiculous lies over the Salisbury outrage, you’ve fallen into their trap.
Admittedly it’s hard not to mock the absurdity of claiming two State assassins armed with Novichok were actually cathedral-loving tourists.
But Dawn Sturgess died. Her partner almost did.
The target Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia had to fight for life.
Putin, proven guilty by forensics and intelligence and condemned by all but Jeremy Corbyn, resorts first to mickey-taking, now to fabrications so ludicrous they amount to the same thing.
Russia wants to pass off the horror of this attempted assassination, the unleashing of a chemical weapon on a Wiltshire town, and its deadly aftermath, as a big joke with Britain as its target.
Never forget: these killers were ordered to tell this preposterous story by a criminal regime of thieves, murderers and warmongers who shame a great nation.
Big tax and fries
ARE the Tories bent on enraging every working-class voter?
Not content with a price-inflating sugar tax, a 10p plastic bag charge and a “latte levy” making coffee dearer, they are pondering a tax on cups at McDonald’s.
Is our dismal Chancellor naive enough to think food giants will just swallow it without passing the cost on to punters?
When they’re not taxing products that make life easier or more pleasurable, the Tories ban them. They are convinced it wins them environment brownie points.
But it loads cost and inconvenience on to ordinary people, who are sick of it.
Unless it changes course, what will this Government be remembered for?
Losing its majority, compromising Brexit, handing Marxists a sniff of power and a blizzard of un-Conservative nanny-state edicts that made even going to McDonald’s more expensive.
The Government which vowed to help the “just about managings” picked their pockets instead. Genius.
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DOMINIC Raab is a revelation as Brexit Secretary. He has mastered a hugely complex brief without putting a foot wrong yet.
He was right to slap down John Lewis for blaming Brexit for their profit woes when they are simply under siege from cut-price competitors, especially online.
Right, too, to insist the EU won’t see our £39billion without signing a deal.
Why did we not show such steel two years ago when it was clear how aggressive Brussels would be? It’s a little late.
The EU is surely keeping Chequers alive only to spring a trap on Theresa May: a last-minute demand for some fatal compromise.
In that event she must change tack. Brussels is reportedly up for a Canada-style free trade deal.
The PM should be ready to change course for that instead.