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By John Helmer, Moscow 
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Each time former Wiltshire police sergeant Nicholas Bailey (lead image, right) tries to advertise his availability to tell his story for the Crown and for the money, he adds tiny details contradicting the official British government narrative that he was the victim of a Russian state attempt to use the Novichok nerve agent to kill Sergei Skripal on March 4, 2018.

He also adds volumes to the evidence that it was the fabrication of the Novichok story, and the deceit and camouflage Bailey has been ordered to portray, which caused what Bailey now describes as “grieving for my former self”, “griev[ing] for my job as well”, “everything crumbling around me”, “massive impact on my marriage”, “major setbacks”, and “[being] consumed by this upset and anger”. He is emphatic: “I don’t want to be known as the poisoned cop.”  

Bailey is selling pep talks to managers dealing with disgruntled employees with lines like “give yourself a break… be happy and content with what you’ve got and who you are”.  What his lawyers and PR agents are telling [2]the Wiltshire police and the Home Office in London is that lying requires much more than the medical retirement pension Bailey was paid last year when he was invalided out of the force.  

Bailey has followed a 74-minute podcast on June 25 by the national PR man Andrew Coulson with a new podcast with Wiltshire county inspirationalist Ryan Hartley, a former county policeman like Bailey. For analysis of the Coulson broadcast, read this [3].    Click to listen to the Hartley podcast with Bailey here [4]. It runs for 51 minutes and was first released on June 30.

Hartley publishes a website selling consulting advice and coaching “to help developing leaders lead confidently, authentically and with purpose.” He calls himself “chief heart officer”; his motto is “always better than yesterday”. Click to read more [5].

Hartley asked Bailey to retell the story of the Novichok episode as he remembered it. He remembers new evidence:

Bourne Hill police station and council offices, Salisbury [9].

Sarah and Nick Bailey pose for the press with their two daughters at a local charity event for Salisbury District Hospital in the summer of 2019 [10]. According to Bailey’s testimony this week, all of them had been exposed to “traces” of Novichok in March 2018.

Bailey also adds to his evidence that neither he nor his wife and children were treated as at risk of Novichok contamination until “the first weekend I was in hospital”. That was March 10-11. “The police said you can’t go back to the house”, he claims Sarah Bailey was told then. Bailey adds to Hartley: “But they had been there for several days…Suddenly, it’s too dangerous – you have to leave” (Min 22:24). In other words, for the four days and nights Bailey officially knew he was the target of a “Major Incident” involving Russian Novichok, no one told his wife; he appears not to have told her himself. For this to be plausible, Bailey must have been under orders not to disclose to his wife when she was at his bedside. And for this to be explicable, Bailey’s evidence is of the preparation of an official narrative in which he was assigned the role of corroborating false witness.

Bailey is not describing the wounds of a weapon he had been attacked with in the line of police duty. “I can’t really verbalise how we got through…we just did…. The control of our lives had been stripped from us.” This is evidence that he cannot describe Novichok symptoms because there were none for him to remember. The loss of control Bailey is testifying to is what happened when he was ordered to lie his head off. He still does, but with less reliability on every new occasion he makes the attempt.