Earlier, the SKWAWKBOX published a pithy comment by a Twitter user that neatly summed up the huge, unresolved questions with the official narrative of events in Salisbury and now Amesbury in Wiltshire.
Those questions grew considerably this morning in an interview televised by the BBC – but were ignored, even rushed past, by the broadcaster in a sad demonstration of the parlous state of mainstream journalism.
Matt Rowley, the brother of one of the Amesbury victims who fell ill this week, was interviewed during a short outside broadcast. His interview contained two remarkable comments:
By any journalistic standards, Matthew Rowley’s comments merited further exploration.
The comment about his brother getting ‘involved with that lot’ might just be an odd way of saying ‘came into contact with the toxin’. But it might mean something entirely different – yet there was no probing, no request for clarification.
Rowley’s comment that his brother is ‘fit’ and ‘alright’ after his reported exposure to a ‘deadly’ nerve toxin surely needed to be unpacked for the sake of viewers’ understanding – but the comment was not only ignored after briefly seeming to throw the interviewer out of his stride, but was then quickly painted over by the interviewer’s return to the theme of the younger Rowley’s critical condition.
That comment was strikingly reminiscent of Yulia Skripal’s words to her cousin in a call played on Russian television:
Everyone’s ok, he’s resting… Everyone’s health is ok.
What did Matthew Rowley mean by his comments to BBC News? We don’t know, because he wasn’t asked. Hopefully someone will – and soon.
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