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Why the Russia Report tells us more about Britain than anything else

Russia has once again become the scapegoat in a bid to explain an unwanted election result…

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Johanna Ross, journalist based in Edinburgh, Scotland…

The long-awaited UK ‘Russia Report’, whose publication was delayed by 10 months by Boris Johnson, was finally released this week by the Westminster Intelligence and Security Committee, much to the excitement of those keen to demonstrate alleged ‘Russian interference’ in the 2016 EU referendum. However Britain’s ‘Russiagate’ has been something of a damp squib compared to the detailed, long-drawn Muller report across the Atlantic. In fact, anyone who was expecting any detail regarding the allegations of Russian interference would be sorely disappointed.

The reality is that the report contains nothing in addition to what has long been printed in the mainstream press about so-called Russian ‘support’ of the Brexit campaign. No evidence is provided in the report, other than references to ‘open source’ material – in other words, what we ourselves have read online and in print. For example, ‘40. Open source studies have pointed to the preponderance of pro-Brexit or anti-EU stories on RT and Sputnik, and the use of ‘bots’ or ‘trolls’, as evidence of Russian attempts to influence the process.’  So we have an allegation that a media organisation may have a particular editorial line? Shocking! Yes, a glance at the RT and Sputnik websites would confirm that they seem to adopt a position close to that of British newspapers such as The Daily Telegraph or Daily Mail, and that would be correct. RT and Sputnik have a broadly right-wing, conservative editorial line, more in keeping with Russia’s conservative values. Hardly surprising – it’s Russian media after all. Every media outlet has its editorial line. Every. Single. One.

But having worked at Sputnik over the time of the EU referendum, I cannot in any way support the allegation that it was promoting a pro-Brexit position. One of the shows I produced – ‘Brexit or Fixit’ – invited each week a guest from opposite sides of the debate – both Leave and Remain – in order to ensure balance. In no way was I – or anyone else for that matter – encouraged to promote an anti-EU stance. The same cannot be said for the mainstream media unfortunately. It was apparent in the run-up to the election, that the media was firmly in the Remain camp. The balance on the BBC, Sky News and Channel Four, for instance was weighted towards remaining in the EU, in my opinion, and I can say that as a supporter of Remain, not Brexit. Even after the result, Sky News openly ran a campaign for a second referendum to be held – the ‘People’s Vote’ as it would be called. Opponents of the Leave campaign and the Brexit result which followed have been desperate ever since to prove some kind of anomaly took place. It just couldn’t be that the British people voted to leave the EU. And this is where the idea of Russian interference came along, and conveniently fitted the narrative.

Just as in the US, the establishment and liberal elite is completely out of touch with the general population, and has been for years – hence the election of Trump and the bid by Democrats to oust him. Populist governments and their messages have resounded with people, and the media, politicians and expert class have yet to catch up. Russia, in this way has become a useful scapegoat for those who aren’t willing to accept the social evolution which is taking place. It’s Democracy in action, but the establishment can’t hack it. After all, look at the Mueller report – what evidence did that provide of Trump’s supposed links to Putin? Nothing. Zilch. Nichevo. Evidence isn’t really important here. Because the accused has already been found guilty, long ago. Russia hasn’t had a fair trial, and isn’t going to get one – it has been painted as evil incarnate for years now to the extent that even the word ‘Russia’ or ‘Russian’ seems to have taken on negative connotations in the public domain.

It’s sad because it stinks of injustice. The idea that Russia is out to subvert the West really is a hypothesis which has yet to bear fruit. Indeed, a recent fascinating paper by renowned Russia expert and historian Richard Sakwa debunks the idea that Russia seeks to undermine the West. He does admit that it would like to influence it, however. The US and Britain should know something about this, given the desire both countries have had over the generations to spread ‘democracy and human rights’ across the globe, from the Christian missionaries of the 19th century to the modern day Voice of America news agency.

Fundamentally, the Russia report highlights two rather pessimistic facts about British society today: i) our intelligence services are inadequate and need an overhaul but more importantly ii) the British public is so used to being spoon-fed information that it cannot be relied upon by politicians to think for itself when it comes to deciding on how to vote in an election. What on earth does it say about the general public if it is the case that it could be completely manipulated by a particular media campaign, paid for or not by a foreign power? Do our politicians really think we are that stupid? Or do they think we require all our information to be censored, as if we are children? Unfortunately I fear by the time we will have this conversation, it will be too late.

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Tim McDonnell
July 24, 2020

Another gross waste of tax payers money just to tell us what we already know.

Rue Brittania
Rue Brittania
July 24, 2020

At this point, I already know all I ever want to know about the Brits. Nothing could lower my opinion further.

Fitzpons
Fitzpons
Reply to  Rue Brittania
July 24, 2020

Then why are you bothering with a website run by a British educated lawyer? All countries have good and bad and it’s idiotic to lump everyone together. Where do you yourself hail from out of interest? The problem with Britain is a complete failure of leadership in the political sphere. It’s a fairly recent phenomenon and one could write reams about why. Most countries’ populations are made up of sheep – graphically illustrated by how most of the world has been scared into total subservience by a virus which poses little danger to anyone in reasonable health under 70. The… Read more »

FlorianGeyer
FlorianGeyer
Reply to  Fitzpons
July 24, 2020

I cannot think of a time when the ruling classes did not seek power for their ‘own kind ‘ first and foremost, irrespective of their political views. It is just that in these times of instant access to information for those who seek it , the ruling classes have lost control of some of their ‘tribes’. The deadly court intrigue of the vying ruling class cabals that were once relatively private, unless they erupted into real open warfare, are now broadcast to all the sheep. Most go ‘baaaa’ and the fewer black sheep go ‘baaaa humbug’. It is the humbug… Read more »

Misery Loves Company
Misery Loves Company
Reply to  Fitzpons
July 25, 2020

High time to lump everyone together. If I have to be snubbed in Continental Europe as an American, time for the Brits to join the party. 😉

Misery Loves Company
Misery Loves Company
Reply to  Misery Loves Company
July 25, 2020

My Austria-based business associate today told me not to even think of opening a euro account at a European bank to escape a weakening dollar, because as soon as they see a US passport, they’ll unceremoniously boot me out the door. True story.

Rue Brittania
Rue Brittania
Reply to  Fitzpons
July 25, 2020

I firmly stand by what I wrote. Talk about shameless. “Propaganda for kids: UK govt-backed ‘news’ site teaches children about ‘ruthless’ Putin & ‘shameless’ Russia.” When schools in Britain eventually reopen in September, children filling into the classrooms won’t just be learning their reading, writing and arithmetic. On top of these fundamentals, their teachers will spoon-feed them blatant propaganda that would make Herr Goebbels blush.  The propaganda source in question is The Day, a news site founded by a team of established journalists and directed at teens. A recent article describes Russian President Vladimir Putin as “the most dangerous man… Read more »

The UK's Hole in the Foot Gang
The UK's Hole in the Foot Gang
Reply to  Rue Brittania
July 25, 2020

Continental Europe will eventually resume full-scale trade, investment and diplomatic ties with Russia while the UK will be frozen out of both spheres for generations, and left to plot with the US in ever growing desperation over how to maintain a disappearing mono-polar hegemony.

The Brits have made their bed. Hope they’re not too annoyed with the lumps.

Harsh Words for Harsh Times
Harsh Words for Harsh Times
Reply to  The UK's Hole in the Foot Gang
July 25, 2020

BJ (double entendre) can string a trans-atlantic cable to US shores and do his high-wire act, helmet and flags in hand as a 2nd US invasion, to follow the 60’s Beatlemania, this time as a well-trained invasive cockroach. LOL

Harsh Words for Harsh Times
Harsh Words for Harsh Times
Reply to  Harsh Words for Harsh Times
July 25, 2020

Meanwhile, America’s deep staters will continue to plot to keep the UK in the EU, to serve as its prime trojan horse because, after all…just relying on Poland is pretty much, just another Polish joke, n’est pas?

Tsigantes
Tsigantes
Reply to  Rue Brittania
July 25, 2020

The Brits are not their leaders, as anyone paying attention to the last 3 years of Brexit can see. Nor are they appointed PMs like Churchill, considered a cad by most at the time.

Sheila
Sheila
July 24, 2020

This we now know was a plot once again to delay or stop Brexit, by all the usual elite Deep State muppets..

Tsigantes
Tsigantes
July 25, 2020

Nice Joanna, thanks. If the British public can’t think for itself and only does what it is spoonfed to do, how on earth did they vote Leave in the face of 24/7 media coverage for Remain? !

Gerbers Baby Food
Gerbers Baby Food
Reply to  Tsigantes
July 25, 2020

Depends on which spoon and what artificial tidbits are on it for it to want to be fed. It’s still spoonfed, regardless.

Fred Mc
Fred Mc
July 25, 2020

I was born in England, but happily divorced myself from that country. Well, I didn’t, my parents did it for me. Knowing a lot about British history and WWII (my Father was in the RAF and spent 3 1/2 years in a Japanese PoW camp in Burma), I am shocked how the British treat Russia. It was the Soviet forces that caused 80% of German military casualties in WWII, at the cost of 27 million of its citizens. If that had not happened, everybody in the UK would be speaking German now. Isn’t it nice how the UK treats its… Read more »

Gerbers Baby Food
Gerbers Baby Food
Reply to  Fred Mc
July 25, 2020

The Brits treat Russians very well. As long as they bring stolen loot to British banks and play along with MI6.

Scotozz888
Scotozz888
July 25, 2020

As FredMc stated and in parallel I am also and expat Brit from Scotland who left over 43 years ago for the Antipodes. I watch with great interest at how the clowns who run the USA and Britain are no more than puppets who follow the line of their masters and all guilty of sedition and treason against the UK people. The very fact that as mentioned before by Fred, the USSR lost 27 million and took out the bulk of German losses in the process should kill the myth that it was America joining after Pearl Harbour that won… Read more »

Carroll Lewis
Carroll Lewis
July 26, 2020

Well, I’ve read the report in full and I found this from page 23 particularly disturbing: Do you mean that you think you can find out the answer to it?'Then you should say what we mean,’  I do, at least--at least I mean what I say--that's the same thing, you know.'Not the same thing a bit!’ You might just as well say that "I see what I eat" is the same thing as "I eat what I see"!'You might just as well say that “I like what I get” is the same thing as “I get what I like”!’ `You… Read more »

Orwell's New Knowledge
Orwell's New Knowledge
July 26, 2020

That’s the silliest darn report out of a plethora of silly reports these past years.

“We know there’s proof there somewhere, you just haven’t been looking for it. We know it, because we’ve been manufacturing it all along. Now pay attention!”

Bernie Madoff
Bernie Madoff
Reply to  Orwell's New Knowledge
July 26, 2020

It’s tough being a frustrated forger. I feel for you.

4comment0nly
4comment0nly
July 27, 2020

you’re arguing against a strawman. totally uninteresting, uninformative, and unconstructive!

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