conservatives/centrists in 2003: the left opposing the iraq war is a threat to our national security!
chilcot report on the iraq war in 2016: it is important in the future to be scrupulous in discriminating between facts and opinions, and be vigilant to not cross the line from supposition to certainty.
conservatives/centrists in 2018: jeremy corbyn wanting to use existing international treaties and procedures to deal with chemical weapons, and base our response on evidence to avoid needlessly escalating conflict is a threat to our national security!
Backing one particular political party in another country’s general election is a serious breach of diplomatic protocol. Even if governments privately favour one particular party to win in another country’s election, it’s considered very bad diplomatic form to actually attempt to sway the election with partisan public statements.
So aside from demonstrating their willingness to ignore diplomatic protocol and interfere in other nations’ sovereign affairs, why would the Russian Embassy have chosen to back Theresa May and the Tories at the 2017 General Election?
Here are a few potential answers: