The clink of Kopecks into Vladimir's gun bottle
As the gas boiler chuntered into life this morning, an image came uninvited into my mind's eye - the tinkle of a Kopeck falling into a huge whisky bottle. With our dependence on Russian gas, our baths and showers and washing-up provides the Russian treasury with a constant stream of kopecks and rubles, and are certainly helping to fund Russia's $100bn a year re-armament programme.
Ironic, really, that the Russian aircraft now again exploring our airspace for the first time in nearly 20 years are (in part) being fuelled, crewed, maintained and bought by we below.
France, with 78% of her energy generated by nuclear power, is in contrast a poor contributor of Kopecks to Vladimir's gun bottle.