Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the latest spy thriller: the attempted assassination of an MI6 double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter in Salisbury, England.
The Tories are blaming the Kremlin. But what - or who - really lies behind this story?
Alan argues that there is something suspiciously theatrical about the use of nerve gas (a 'Cold War relic') to bump off an ex-spy.
Maintaining a sense of Cold War tension is certainly in the interests of the British ruling class, who are desperate to maintain the illusion that Britain is still a world power.