British foreign secretary Boris Johnson was unusually lax in his speech the other day as he briefed MPs on the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy living in Wiltshire. (Those who follow his musings will comprehend just how careless his words must have been to be unusually lax). Speaking in parliament about the attempted murder of Sergey Skripal and his daughter, Johnson opined that if the attack could, as many assume, be traced back to the Kremlin then the UK would have to think about a response — one which could include boycotting this year’s football World Cup in Russia. As former England players rounded on the foreign secretary, officials stressed that Johnson was referring not to the team but to dignitaries, officials and possibly members of the royal family. The Duke of Cambridge may, it now seems, be otherwise engaged during the tournament. Naturally, the prospect of a boycott by the distant cousin of the last Tsar is ratcheting up the diplomatic pressure to dangerousl...

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