Well our political Lords and Masters and the Military (not to mention the Lady Dame Jane Pauline Neville Jones Fan Club, are serious in stirring up anti-soviet Cold War misery - Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor of Rupe's Rag The Times has a story our OnLine in the last half hour RAF scrambles to intercept an old Cold War adversary and get ready for a shootout.
RAF fighter jets (Two ageing Tornado fighters, part of the RAF’s Quick Reaction Alert, took off from RAF Leeming, in Yorkshire) were scrambled to intercept two Russian strategic bombers heading for British airspace yesterday, as the spirit of the Cold War returned to the North Atlantic once again - please note the Typhoon's are not yet operational after 18 years development and squillions of pounds of development....well they sort of are ready but they haven't been proven to be able to fire missiles, hit the target and then get back to base .. er .. safely - see pic.
incident, (Richard chillingly tells us) described as rare by the RAF, served as a telling metaphor for the stand-off between London and Moscow over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
While the Kremlin hesitated before responding to Britain’s expulsion of four diplomats, the Russian military engaged in some old-fashioned sabre-rattling.
Two Tu95 “Bear” bombers were dispatched from their base on the Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle and headed towards British airspace.........
Strangely Richard didn't tell us about Vyechslav Zharko who the HM Embassy in Moscow was trying to recruit etc etc .... slipped his mind no doubt.