Too tempting. “I didn’t know Russia was a ‘puklear power’!” “There’s nothing worse than the sight of Vladimir Pukin.” “If they fire it at 3am on a Saturday night in [insert name of town here], how will they know it worked?”
Okay, these jokes aren’t that funny, but then neither is the current regime in Russia. Just ask the citizens of Ukraine or the people of Salisbury.
As SNP defence spokesperson Stewart McDonald quite rightly said, the sightings of this vessel “underline why years of treating Russian threats as a joke are over”.
While Crimea was being annexed by Russia, Moscow was denying the heavily armed “little green men” patrolling the streets were anything to do with them, a tactic that spawned a new phrase to describe it – “implausible deniability”.
This was also used in the aftermath of the Salisbury poisonings, along with attempts at humour laced with menace.
So try to make up better jokes if you really must – but don’t laugh.