These days, Britain, even pre-Brexit Britain, may be a bit of a timid, shopworn, toothless lion …
… the BBC reports that the mangy old beast can, still, rise up and do the right thing.
The report says that “NatWest bank has frozen the accounts of Russia’s state-run broadcaster RT, its editor-in-chief says … [and] …The broadcaster, previously known as Russia Today, says NatWest wrote to its London office saying: “We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities.”“
The BBC report goes on to say that “A letter posted online by the channel appears to show that the freeze is not in effect yet. It warns that banking facilities will be “cancelled and closed” on 12 December.“
The Russians have, quite predictably, huffed and puffed and played the innocent victim … but we must not be fooled; their outrage is over have the financial plug pulled from their nasty business.
And it’s about time, too. RT is nothing more than an enemy* propaganda tool that, for too long, Western liberal democracies have allowed to operate because we believe in “freedom of the press,” and RT, cleverly, disguised itself as a legitimate press outlet, advertizing itself as a “second opinion” .. it wasn’t, it isn’t and it will not be in the future. It is, very simply, Putin’s disinformation tool that we have welcomed into our homes and press galleries as though it had some legitimate function in “informing” people … it didn’t, it hasn’t and will not in the future. We’ve know this for years. Someone has, finally, done the right thing.
So, the old lion may be a bit weak and bedraggled, but banking and finance, which has always mattered as much as ships and guns in grand strategy, has come to the rescue.
Lets hope some others will follow suit.
* Anyone, like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, who think (actually just hope) that Russia is not an enemy are smoking dope.