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Russian Interference In Elections - Monkey Dont Look, Monkey Dont See

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Peter Pedant | 11:08 Tue 21st Jul 2020 | News
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Monkey here is Boris by the way
a great white monkey (*)

Interference in the 2016 election was not detected as there was a failure to look. even under prodding - I seem to remember people were saying Putin wd try to interfere

erm and a question to Abers - what do you think

(*) the white monkey is a book by Galsworthy as anyone conversant with the Forsyte Sage 1967 (Beeb) will confirm

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Well Boris Johnson wasn't around PM-wise in 2016, when there was a referendum rather than an election.
The report isn't really concerned with that though, but it's a wide ranging assessment of the threat the Russian state poses to the UK.
The main points coming out seem to be:

It's a major threat
We were rubbish at investigating it, as you imply.

This goes back to 2006 and Litvienko, when mass murder could very easily have occurred on the streets of London, but the reaction was tame in the extreme - not necessarily thr external one, but the internal one
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jesus the report tiself takes some finding
lucky I posed this question ( cos I am a ferret I am)

https://docs.google.com/a/independent.gov.uk/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=aW5kZXBlbmRlbnQuZ292LnVrfGlzY3xneDo1Y2RhMGEyN2Y3NjM0OWFl

the govt's response is VERY available- in fact - - - I hear a knock at the door, that must be a post-boy wivva copy
Not only have you picked on the wrong 'monkey' (try the PM at the time) you're trying to suggest that the right 'monkey' was turning a blind eye to foreign interference in order to 'get Brexit done'! With our political class in cahoots - have you any idea how ridiculous this OP is?
Let's ignore the fact that we ignored the fact ...
... the cunning Russians tried to influence the Scottish Independence referendum (to split the Union and weaken the UK) and they spectacularly failed. So our Gov't became complacent - and that left us fully exposed to Russian cunning - and we (England and Wales, at least) in our brainwashed stupors shuffled off to the ballot box and Russian cunning won through in the end... Is that it, Ellipsis?..
Oh OK, now let's make up something else instead, rather than discuss the actual issue at hand ... anything but that.
Worth noting that the report mentions that successive governments failed to act, so it must have been ignored for quite some time.
Well, when do you intend to make a start, Ellipsis?..
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// We were rubbish at investigating it, as you imply.//

awful ! imply ? IMPLY ! - I try to talk straight sir !

I thought the internal Rx to Litvinenko wasnt bad - and a good trg for novichok as it was easy then - wave a geiger counter around and polonium is ionizing so a 11 y old cd pick it up
very
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// With our political class in cahoots - have you any idea how ridiculous this OP is?//
er no Maisie - amaze me - - -- ( please explain, pearls to swine etc)
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// the wrong 'monkey'// erm so The Boris wasnt foreign secretary ever ( it was the Girl!) and not been prime minister since 2019

I must live in a parallel universe
"awful ! imply ? IMPLY ! - I try to talk straight sir !"

Erm .. :-)

"I thought the internal Rx to Litvinenko wasnt bad - and a good trg for novichok as it was easy then - wave a geiger counter around and polonium is ionizing so a 11 y old cd pick it up ..."

A gram of polonium-210 could wipe out most of the population of the UK. The quantity of (non-radioactive) novichok-class nerve agent smuggled into Britain could have killed thousands.
Both materials were handled unbelievable casually (possibly because the handlers weren't told how toxic is was - a lot of the poloium was spilled down a plughole)
Not sure what an adequate response to those would look like but it felt in 2006 that the government of the day was simply not up to the enormity of it. Maybe 2006 prepared us mentally for the enormity of 2018, but that doesn't excuse the series of casual brushings over of other less spectacular cases: there was the bloke shot twice in the head given a verdict of suicide for example: ok I may be exaggerating slightly, but only slightly ...
Was Boris PM in 2016?

I am sure foreign Governments interfere in other countries elections if they think there is something in their interest to do so. As for the Scottish referendum I suspect it would be a waste of time. I am pretty sure the vast majority, either way, had made up their minds well before any election was even announced.

It's always going to be difficult to stop this especially with social media being pretty much unregulated. I would also expect to see China in there too now (if they havnt already been).

And how white is the UK? Not very I suspect?
That isn't the point though.
Regardless of how "legal" it is or what anyone else does, when you have a threat you have to recognise it and meet it

What isnt the point?
It isn't the point that "we do it" (tho I'd definitely challenge that idea)
To use an extreme example, if someone is pointing a loaded gun at you, the thought that you once shot and killed someone is hardly a good reason not to duck :-)
Well, if you give me a bit more to go on, perhaps I will.
First of all, please tell me what 'election' (singular) you're referring to in 2016. Surely not the local elections (plural).
I just assumed you'd slipped up and by 'election' you meant 'Referendum', or you'd slipped up on the date and you meant the General Election of the following year (there's a distinct shortage of pearls in the OP).
Ohhh,so the Russians tried to win the Scottish referendum for Salmond and Sturgeon.I wonder if Wee Nicci and Alec(not guilty)Salmond werent in contact with some of these nasty Russkies.Surely not :-(
That Novichock used in Salisbury was MILITARY GRADE!
Military grade I tell yer!
Not the other grade!
James Bond needs a recall!

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