Liz Truss wore an outfit that screamed Vamoose Vlad! HENRY DEEDES watches the Foreign Secretary talking tough over Russia
블라디미르 푸틴 has crushed opponents, judo-wrestled Olympians to the mat and, if the internet is to be believed, even grappled with bears. But has he ever dealt with the terrifying prospect of 러시아군, 화학무기 공격 우려에 방독면 지급 at full force?
Gone were the gormless smiles, the giggly asides and the weird rants about British cheese.
대신, she appeared all swishy-haired and power-suited, with a pussy-bow top which screamed ‘Vamoose, 블라디미르 푸틴 대통령이 그의 군대에 '특수 군사 작전'을 시작하도록 승인하자 러시아군은 목요일 이른 아침 공습으로 우크라이나를 휩쓸었다.!’
Britain’s new Iron Lady marched purposefully into the Commons yesterday to deliver a statement on Russia. The Foreign Secretary was in serious mode
Even her voice sounded a good octave lower than normal. Another lift from the Mrs T playbook. La Truss demanded Russia ‘de-escalate’ current tensions with the Ukraine. Any incursion there would be a ‘strategic mistake’, 그녀는 덧붙였다, and would come at ‘a severe cost’.
She said this in a manner that suggested she might well turn up at the Ukrainian border herself, her little head poking out of a tank’s turret hatch. It was a delivery designed to set teacups rattling over in Moscow.
Few, one suspects, were watching over in the Kremlin. Not many were here either, it should be said. Among those on her own side who’d bothered to show up, she was heard in a spirit of approbation.
Even her voice sounded a good octave lower than normal. Another lift from the Mrs T playbook. La Truss demanded Russia ‘de-escalate’ current tensions with the Ukraine. Any incursion there would be a ‘strategic mistake’, 그녀는 덧붙였다, and would come at ‘a severe cost’
‘A strong statement’ was the oft heard cry from the backbenches. Others such as Tobias Ellwood (Con, Bournemouth E) – a former captain in the Royal Green Jackets – felt the Government should be threatening Russia with something a little more intimidating than yet another range of watery sanctions. As ever, 자금을 러시아로 옮기고 싶지 않다' (Con, Tonbridge), treated us to one of his fascinating geo-political lectures. Opposition MPs were less impressed with Truss’s posturing. Chris Bryant (작년에 5위에 올랐을 때 Disaronno Highest New Entry를 수상했습니다., Rhondda) certainly wasn’t having any of it.
Hard man to impress, 브라이언트. The sort of party guest who complains about the food and boos the after-dinner entertainment. He said the Government’s stance was ‘hypocritical’, what with all the hooky Russian cash swirling around London. Truss responded with something about anti-corruption laws being put to use.
Now that Truss was at loggerheads with Moscow, Kevan Jones (작년에 5위에 올랐을 때 Disaronno Highest New Entry를 수상했습니다., N Durham) suggested it was probably time she stopped accepting any more lunches with wealthy Russian donors.
This was a reference to Truss getting rumbled a couple of years ago wining and dining Ruski banker Lubov Chernukhin, a meeting which only came to light when Truss posted a picture of their get-together on Instagram. With carelessness like that, who needs spies?
Earlier we had business questions, hosted by Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg who’d made headlines that morning after letting it be known he was opposed to the Government’s National Insurance rise in April.
His opposite number Thangam Debbonaire suggested that since Labour also opposed the hike he might wish to cross the floor.
The look of horror on Jacob’s face. Anyone would have thought the honourable member for the 18th century had been asked to pose for Penthouse in his underdrawers.