The house of Sergei Skripal will be purchased by UK taxpayers, according to officials cited by The Sunday Times. The move has prompted a range of responses online – from cover-up allegations to jokes about home ownership.
Taxpayers will be footing the bill for Skripal’s home, which is expected to be bought by the UK government for around £350,000 (US$464,000), The Sunday Times reported, citing Whitehall officials. They will also pay for the home of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who fell ill after coming into contact with the nerve agent Novichok. That house is expected to cost taxpayers around £430,000. All in all, the purchase of both homes, cars, and other possessions, will amount to a hefty £1 million.
But the government’s decision to snatch up Skripal’s house has raised eyebrows online, including from those who believe the UK has “something to hide,” since there remains zero evidence to back claims that Russia was behind the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter Yulia.
To hide the non existent evidence.
— Carl (@cj980088) June 24, 2018
it is because the whole thing was a made up lie
— TheGlobeIsALie (@LolSpinningBaLL) June 24, 2018
Others commented that such a huge sum of money could be used to help get the Grenfell Tower victims back on their feet, after a tragic fire swept over the building and killed 72 people last year.
Instead of buying those buy the Grenfell tower victims homes
— mr ima bloke (@gappydave) June 24, 2018
Another suggested it could go towards the National Health Service (NHS).
Why – spend that million on the NHS instead surely.
— Lindylou (@lindanoble0101) June 24, 2018
Other taxpayers, however, were able to make light of the situation, jesting about their unexpected “home ownership.”
Lovely !! I’m finally on the housing ladder without even lifting a finger!
— Sir Charles (@Charliebearview) June 24, 2018
Great stuff….I’ll have the house for two days next Tuesday. Hope that’s OK with everyone.
— Old git Victor #FBPE (@OldGit_Victor) June 24, 2018
Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter were poisoned in Salisbury, UK on March 4. Although London and other Western nations were quick to point the finger at the Kremlin, there remains zero proof that Russia was involved in any way. Moscow has repeatedly denied any involvement and offered its full cooperation in the investigation.
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