Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ex-BNP man prepared for 'civil war'

I'm not sure what to make of this story. Robert Cottage is alleged to have told of his intention to kill Tony Blair and that Britain was heading toward civil war. Cottage admitted to having stockpiled chemical weapons in his home but denied intending to use them. His co-defendant, David Jackson, denies both charges.

By rights this ought to be big news. However, it's not clear if the two hand any details of a plan to kill Blair nor whether they had the ability to successfully finish any such plot. Cottage's apparently unbalanced state of mind suggests not. That he believed Britain was on course to civil war in the years ahead speaks of a paranoia and delusion bordering on clinical. Whether this is some ploy on the defence's part with a view to pleading mitigation remains to be seen. The prosecution has been quick to dismiss this explanation. The pair clearly intended to do a great deal of harm, however inexpertly carried out.


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