Salisbury, Skripal, And Novichok - A Local's View

Authored by Lesley Docksey via TruePublica,

From the moment the news came out that on Sunday March 4th in Salisbury, one of England’s revered cathedral cities, a Russian spy and his daughter had been poisoned by some form of ‘nerve agent’, my reaction was ‘Oh dear’.

Jeremy Corbyn correctly reminded Parliament of Tony Blair’s attempt to frighten people into going to war with Iraq with his ‘’dodgy dossier’ and 45 minutes claim.  But most have forgotten that, four days before the huge demonstration in London the Army very visibly arrived at Heathrow airport, because there was a possible threat of planes being hit by al Qa’ida missiles.  They disappeared after a day or so as it was obvious the protest by millions would go ahead anyway.

The ever-increasing hysteria of the government and mainstream media in the days that followed the Salisbury incident was giving off the same nasty smell.  All the ‘news’ was evidence-light and full of anomalies that no one addressed.  It seems that once again, a government is trying to scare everyone, this time to make us point the accusing finger at Russia.

Then I read a comment by a Salisbury resident: “It’s like a ghost town.”  The government’s reaction had so frightened everyone that people weren’t coming to the city.  Shops and businesses were suffering.  I don’t exactly live a million miles from Salisbury, so I hopped on the train to see for myself how it was coping.

Visit Salisbury at any time of the year and it will be heaving with people coming to shop, to eat at one of the many cafes, restaurants and pubs, to visit the Cathedral and to walk through the ancient narrow streets.  Not now, it isn’t.  From the moment I walked out of the station towards the city centre I was struck by the lack of people.  Plenty of traffic winding its way through the narrow medieval streets but pedestrians?  No.

I made my way to the Maltings where Skripal and his daughter had been found, collapsed on a bench.  It’s a pedestrianised area, with a central green area (where that bench was) beside a river, surrounded by some big stores and lots of little, individual shops.  Walk through it from the car parks and you come out into the old city centre with its ancient timber-frame and brick buildings.  It’s not just popular with the locals, it is tourist heaven.

On my way in there was a policemen on duty and blue-and-white cordon tape.  Further in were more police guarding cordoned-off areas and some media – cameras and reporters making their filmed reports to Sky News or whoever.  I overheard one of them saying “She is due to arrive…”  Could I possibly have arrived just before our useless Prime Minister Theresa May finally came to Salisbury?  I would have to wait and see.

I filled in time with looking at some of the shops.  There were five within the cordon, forced to close for nearly two weeks, and no end in sight. Beyond them, just outside the cordon, was an Original factory Shop Factory Shop with open doors. I didn’t go in. I didn’t want to face the embarrassment of being the only person in a large store not standing behind a counter.  Sainsbury’s supermarket, on the edge of the Maltings, wasn’t faring much better.

I tried the little shops, loved by visitors to Salisbury.  It is nearly Easter.  Windows were filled with Easter displays, and no public to enjoy them. In each was a lonely person waiting in vain for customers.  I asked one of them how bad the trade was.  “It’s twice as bad as it was last week,” she said, “and it’s getting worse.”  Depressed, I went back and stood by the bridge over the river, waiting for May.

The press were gathering, more cameras, microphones held ready.  A Wiltshire policeman passed me and grinned. “We don’t usually have exciting things happen in Salisbury!” he said cheerfully.  But Salisbury really could do without this thrill.

May appeared with Chief Constable Pritchard and was immediately surrounded by the press.  I heard an animated conversation going on behind me.  It was Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, talking to some local people.  They only realised who he was after he walked off, back to the city centre and away from the media scrum.  Sensible man.

Two schoolgirls passed May on their way back to school after lunch, one of them saying, “I don’t really care about her.”  May went on a tiny walk-about and met one or two shop owners, probably handpicked for being Prime Minister-friendly.  Then it was off to the Guildhall for a meeting with first-responders.

The empty Guildhall Square at lunchtime – every building in the photo is a café, pub or restaurant!

Outside was a crowd, rubber necking, along with lots of police, some noisy police dogs, and a fire engine.  Hovering overhead were helicopters and a drone.  No wonder Salisbury residents and visitors are becoming fearful and staying away.  Apart from the crowd standing outside the Guildhall, the large Guildhall Square was almost deserted, and this at lunchtime when offices empty and people fill the cafes, restaurants and pubs that surround the Square and it’s hard to find a free table anywhere.  Now they were almost all free.

Here and there I saw large signs outside the shops declaring, ‘Open for Business’.  I had never seen the city like this and it broke my heart.  It is scheduled to get worse.  On Monday March 12th the Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner said that all the cordoned areas (of which there are several around the city) could remain in place for weeks, and that more could be set up.

But Salisbury has had enough and is fighting back.  In a narrow street going towards the cathedral I found a shop window with a message strung across it: #SALISBURYISOPEN.  Naturally I went in and asked the woman behind the counter what it meant.  And it all came pouring out.  “We’ve just recovered from all the ‘regeneration work’ on the car parks and the Maltings, when this happens,” she said, while explaining her message.

The Salisbury Journal, the city’s weekly paper, is one to be envied by other places.  The March 15th issue has a 12-page focus on the incident which puts the hyperventilating national press to shame.  The Journal is also doing what government has failed to do.  Ministers might insist Salisbury is ‘safe’, but that doesn’t match their scare-mongering.  So the Journal launched the ‘Salisbury is Open’ campaign.  That is what the ‘Open for Business’ signs are about.

I was told how Salisbury residents are too frightened to come into the centre to shop.  I was told of suspect vehicles being taken by the military to Porton Down, a fact confirmed by the Journal.  The Journal carefully lists them: ambulances, police cars (some unmarked) and two vehicle recovery vans, over several days.

Altogether, about 10 or 11 vehicles, for the scientists at Porton Down to examine for the presence of a ‘nerve agent’.  Scientists there must be tired of this, having apparently refused to identify it as Russian-made.

But the real question, says the lady in the shop, is ‘What about Skripal’s car?’ a red BMW series 3.  Why was it taking so long for the police to find it?  Surely they would look in the Sainsbury’s car park first?  They cordoned off the car park, but not until 8 days after the poisoning.  Later they came back and cordoned off the ticket machine.

It is known Skripal’s car entered the car park at about 1:40 pm on March 4th.  When was it taken to the Ashley Wood Recovery Garage, and by whom?  And indeed, why, unless to get it out of the way?

Why did ‘incident response units’ examine a red BMW at the Garage on Thursday March 8th, remove an Ashley Wood recovery van from Winterslow village on Monday 12th, return to the Garage on Tuesday 13th, remove another recovery van from a Dorset town on Thursday March 14th and only then on Friday, 12 whole days after the incident, it is officially identified as Skripal’s car, and the Journal reports that it is being removed from Ashley Wood Recovery Garage, with the national media limping in a day later.

12 days.  If this nerve agent is so very dangerous why is there so little to show for so much activity, and so many delays in dealing with it?  Doesn’t it look like an exercise in propaganda?

Are the counter terrorism police going trace all those who used the car park ticket machine?  Are they going to cordon off any place (the cemetery is already out of bounds) where Skripal may possibly have been?  Are they going to spin this out even more and gradually put all of Ashley Wood’s vehicles in Porton Down, and all its staff in hospital?  Another local business ruined to further the UK’s anti-Russia campaign.

There is no thought for the city of Salisbury and its people in any of the government’s actions, so focussed are they on their unsubstantiated accusations against Russia.  A Foreign Office statement claimed:

“Russia’s response doesn’t change the facts of the matter – the attempted assassination of two people on British soil, for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable.”

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said it was a ‘state-sponsored murder attempt’.  But which ‘state’ are we talking about?

It’s been clear for months that the government was using the Brexit shambles to hide the fact that they couldn’t govern the country and tackle its pressing issues – the health crisis, homelessness and lack of social housing, poverty and the awful results of its austerity programme.  Now it seems that the government is using Skripal to hide the fact that they can’t govern Brexit either.

And while they’re sorting out their fantastical mess, and if you live anywhere near Salisbury, go visit, eat out and buy something in the shops.


COSMOS Ms No Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:16 Permalink

I still think it was the bad curry that messed up that spy and his daughter.  I am still surprised there were not a bunch of hecklers to yell at that bitch May "hey May nice distraction of from doing your BREXIT job, it would seem you were the one exposed to nerve gas biatch'.  In my opinion Brexit will never happen, these mofo career politicians will kill it slowly by dragging it out forever.  There will be a lot more of these false flags with the constantly nauseating repeating calls of Russia is such a threat that we cannot leave the EU we must stand together blah blah blah blah.  I mean just look at that witch.

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Slack Jack BennyBoy Fri, 03/23/2018 - 08:31 Permalink

The Novichok nerve agents don't even exist.


The Novichok nerve agents are supposedly much more toxic than the nerve gases VX or Sarin.

Mirzayanov's book, published in 2008, contains the formulas he alleges can be used to create Novichoks. In 1995, he explained that "the chemical components or precursors" of Novichok are "ordinary organophosphates that can be made at commercial chemical companies that manufacture such products as fertilizers and pesticides."

Basically, Mirzayanov claims that it is relatively easy to make the Novichok nerve agents.

So, some enterprising Arabs could buy a few chemists to make a few tons of it and then spray it all over the little Satan.

Do you really think that the Jews who run the United States would allow the publication of information that could lead to thousands of deaths in Israel?

Do you really think they would protect the publisher of such information by giving him residence in the United States?

Remember, Mirzayanov was given residence in the United States after he was kicked out of Russia.

CONCLUSION: The Novichok nerve agents don't exist.

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man of Wool COSMOS Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:32 Permalink

Brexit will collapse because of its own stupidity. More like dodgy pizza than curry. It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Who else, apart from the Russians would want to kill this double agent? False flag by the Brits would seem a tall order in view of the government hardly being able to run the country while they try and work out Brexit. Why give themselves more grief? 

Its been very funny watching Boris Johnson make a complete tit of himself. Last week he was telling everyone not to be "Russiaphobic" but the idiot has been the biggest "Russiaphobe" going. He then compared Putin to Hitler which is plain childish.

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Eyes Opened Ms No Fri, 03/23/2018 - 06:32 Permalink

.... meanwhile the Irish Prime Minister has stuck his nose into this false flag & actually took credit , along with Macron, for the EUs hard-line statement against Russia...


As an Irish citizen, I am embarrassed & annoyed that our .gov donkeys who know nothing of this MI6 scam would choose to insert themselves, & this country into this debacle...


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perikleous ldd Fri, 03/23/2018 - 02:25 Permalink

mass shooting with AK-47(Kalishnikov), suspect gets away!

AK-47 is a Kalishnikov, Russia makes Kalishnikov, PUTIN IS THE SHOOTER!!!

says 17 different intellegence agencies along with EU/UK in full support

If you disagree you are a Russian sympathizer and a conspiracy theorist!!!

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perikleous Erek Fri, 03/23/2018 - 07:17 Permalink

not a war, just an arms race to justify trillions going to "defend US" from the red threat, its the only way to get the population to accept that they have been defrauded by there politicians/deepstate, letting all infastructure crumple and min wage svc jobs only, yet we spend it on phony military excursions w/o question, they know the revolution is coming and this might delay it awhile.

As for the fake Skripal BS, they are likely alive living on an island like kings and the DeepState get away with an easy FF.  If they were targeted it would have been easier to dust them with fentanyl/carafentanyl and a quick overdose would have achieved the results desired.

 The "of a type made in Russia" has been repeated way to often to believe from the scuzzy inbred liars

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BanksterMind Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:24 Permalink

I don't mean to sound too flippant, but...

As I'm looking out at my breathtaking view outside my window, I can't help thinking:




is it money?   really?   how quaint.


Life is short and this is a big planet, come on. Stop living like sardines.


All the stuff they won't teach at school:   Entrepreneurship for kids.  (age 8 to 88)


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JohninMK LA_Goldbug Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:07 Permalink

The policeman who was also 'affected' has now been released. Don't expect to here much from him due to the Official Secrets Act.

A Court in England gave permission for blood to be taken and sent away for analysis. This either means that the Russians couldn't give permission, too ill, or refused. Regardless of their state it will be a miracle if they get out alive.

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gespiri Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:41 Permalink

This was a false flag done by the MI6 and UK government in order to keep the Russia narrative going which will lead to continued assault on Brexit and militarization of the country.  The majority of the public in western countries SHOULD WAKE UP AND START QUESTIONING THE TRAITOR LIZARDS WHO OCCUPY THEIR GOVERNMENTS.

gespiri Fri, 03/23/2018 - 03:41 Permalink

This was a false flag done by the MI6 and UK government in order to keep the Russia narrative going which will lead to continued assault on Brexit and militarization of the country.  The majority of the public in western countries SHOULD WAKE UP AND START QUESTIONING THE TRAITOR LIZARDS WHO OCCUPY THEIR GOVERNMENTS.

alibi hibou-Owl Fri, 03/23/2018 - 08:13 Permalink

Yes. Stinks indeed. The Brits love the word 'indeed'.


Much of the media spotlight is now on Cambridge Analytica and their shadowy antics in elections worldwide, including that of Donald Trump.

However, Cambridge Analytica is a mere offshoot of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group) – an organisation with its roots deeply embedded within the British political, military and royal establishment.

Indeed, as the Observer article which broke the scandal said “For all intents and purposes, SCL/Cambridge Analytica are one and the same.”

Indeed, it seems evident that the organisation is a product of murky alliances formed between venture capitalists and former British military and intelligence officers. Unsurprisingly, they also happen to be closely tied to the higher echelons of the Conservative party.

International deception and meddling is the name of the game for SCL. We finally have the most concrete evidence yet of shadowy actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections. But these characters aren’t operating from Moscow intelligence bunkers.

Instead, they are British, Eton educated, headquartered in the city of London and have close ties to Her Majesty’s government.

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foxenburg Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:23 Permalink

Theresa May arriving in Salisbury centre by chopper; you'd have thought the rotor wash might have redistributed any lurking fine Novochok dust lol.

activisor Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:38 Permalink

Could it be that Skripal was taken out because of his ties to, and what he knows about the dodgy Trump dossier drafted by Christopher Steele.  It would be a very convenient way to achieve a number of objectives. It will be interesting to see if he survives.

Jballsquared activisor Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:46 Permalink

He survives. He will shut up because they did his daughter too. Everyone else involved will shut up because they have family too. Very effective, people are stupid and believe anything. I’m inclined to go ahead and join the Illuminati. Why not fuck over humanity, they never learn and they aren’t very fun to hang out with anyway. 



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smacker Fri, 03/23/2018 - 06:10 Permalink

It's to be expected from the likes of Theresa May and BoJo to use this incident to peddle political propaganda. They're political slimeballs and that's what they do.

But yesterday during a brief look-see at Sky News, they were peddling it too. And within the first 2 mins they repeated the false allegation that ((Russia annexed The Crimea)), thereby breaching international law.

Of course Sky fail to explain that ((IF)) Russia annexed The Crimea, how is it that around 92% of Crimean voters voted for Putin in the presidential election last week.

BritBob Fri, 03/23/2018 - 06:45 Permalink

The Council are trying to alleviate problems by introducing free-parking.


Parking in Salisbury's city centre car parks will be FREE all day, every day from this Saturday (March 24th) UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

The announcement from Wiltshire Council comes as the huge investigation into the nerve agent attack in our city continues.

Many local businesses have reported a huge fall in footfall with one describing Salisbury as as a "ghost town."

The authority says the move to introduce free parking has been made in response to feedback from local  businesses.

Baroness Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said:

"We know people are rightly concerned about Salisbury, and it is important we encourage residents and visitors to enjoy our beautiful and historic city and to promote that is is very much business as usual."

Wiltshire Council had previously rejected calls to suspend parking charges in the city centre although it announced free parking at the city's five sites initially until Easter Monday, that will now be extended too.


Well it follows a meeting of officials to come up with a recovery plan for our city.

The economic recovery group met on Friday (16th March) and heard from local business leaders, the city council, our MP and government representatives.

Leader of Wiltshire Council Jane Scott told Spire FM having heard all the evidence then "the council has listened and acted." 


(Spire FM 21 March).

GreatUncle Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:12 Permalink

I don't believe anything the UK government says anymore.

Interesting in the person moving the vehicle though! Bit like the helicopter cloaked under official secrets with unidentified peopel on who flew near to where Dr David Kelly died.

Nope don't think that was suicide neither.

The 100% corrupt establishment that can only be cleansed through revolution because it is not possible to remove any corruption from a 100% corrupt society.

As for bollocks on voting rights, those so called candidates in an election if appointed remove any form of voting rights except to vote for puppets.

The whole concept of the UK society is an operation in farming people for profit and gain.