As I took my seat in the spartan, bug-swept offices of the intelligence and security committee’s anonymous Westminster headquarters in the summer of 2018, my excitement was tempered with trepidation. Since watching the Soviet empire collapse 30 years ago, I had been sounding the alarm about Russia’s reluctance to give up its dreams of empire.
Giving evidence in court, Charlie Elphicke wept as he listed a number of regrets that he had. And yet as he was last night found guilty of three charges of sexual assault many will conclude that his biggest regret of all was being found out. Indeed, so frequent were his lapses of judgement that it’s