Sunday, 9th May 2021

Seven other Russian plots we could be blissfully unaware of if we hadn't bothered investigating them

RUSSIA trying to subvert our democracy? Bo-ring. Who cares? Not the Tories. Here’s seven other plots against Britain we should never have looked into: 

The Salisbury Novichok attack

So Putin wants to kill a couple of traitors? That’s only how Sun readers feel about the Isis Bride. We should have let him get on with using his extravagantly toxic nerve agent and if Salisbury had to be abandoned completely, hey.

The assassination of Alexander Litvinenko

Perhaps a quiet word about the mess caused when strewing polonium-210 around central London wouldn’t have upset anyone, but ideally Britain would just have put it down to one of those things and moved on.

The Waterloo Bridge umbrella assassination

When the KGB’s gone to all the trouble of devising an umbrella that fires poison pellets to covertly kill a Bulgarian dissident, drawing attention to it is terribly gauche. Convey your respect for their craftsmanship through diplomatic channels.

The Cambridge spy ring

Espionage used to be a career for gentlemen, and what gentlemen would have done when discovering double agents in their midst is say nothing rather than face awkwardness. Kim Philby would have made a damn fine head of MI5 if he’d been given the chance.


General Orlov wanted to advance Soviet interests by detonating a nuclear warhead on a US Air Force base in Germany. Well, what business is that of ours? We’re none of those three countries. James Bond should never have left the office.

The Cuban Missile Crisis

Krushchev could have been building missile launch sites in Cuba for highly personal reasons. Better not to pry. And if the world had been destroyed in a nuclear war, wouldn’t it be better to say ‘nothing to do with us’?

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Why worry yourself? Let sleeping dogs lie.