More than five weeks later, the Skripals are not dead. Some weapon of mass destruction, that. Indeed, Yulia Skripal is well on the way to recovery thanks to the National Health Service that the loudest New Cold Warriors also so revile.
Meanwhile, the British Embassy in Moscow has lost so many staff that it is now barely viable, the British Consulate-General in St Petersburg has been closed, the previously thriving British Council has been kicked out of Russia, and there is a significantly increased risk to the safety of the England football team and its fans during the World Cup.
Theresa May and Boris Johnson should resign. They won't. But they should.