The arrogance and hypocrisy regularly practiced by the British government has now become a single adjective, namely arrogant hypocrisy.
I couldn’t believe what my wife was reporting, that Patel had frozen all visa applications for Ukrainians by closing visa application offices in Kyiv. However, as reported in Friday’s National, Patel has extended concessions for those already in the UK, extending the time they have before they have to leave. Well bully for her, but leave to go where?
The British government no longer has any moral purpose for its continued existence. His humanitarian attitude never existed anyway, and is now well demonstrated with news about Ukrainians already in the UK and those fleeing their homes and country.
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Johnson’s rhetoric of government support was initially dismissed by many, with little improvement thereafter. It seems to me that his government’s reluctance is another consequence of Brexit now that the UK is no longer a member of the European Union.
I have just bought the Ukrainian flag to add it to the collar of my mast as soon as it arrives, in order to demonstrate my solidarity and my support for Ukraine. It would be asking too much to see it flying from Westminster. However, I hope to see one flying outside Holyrood Houses of Parliament.
This is my first time writing on a page of letters, and putting political opinions into words is not my strong suit. I couldn’t help but think about how we can help Ukrainian refugees who are in such dire straits. The monstrous static cruise ships that litter our ports and coasts can certainly be used in a positive way to provide housing, at least temporary, to people in need!
Thank you for continuing to provide such honest journalism.
Here is a Russian proverb: “If you invite a bear to dance, you don’t decide when the dance ends. It’s the bear.
This proverb partly explains Vladimir Putin’s state of mind and he revitalized Russian hegemony. He saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ebb of communist influence in Eastern Europe. Ukraine’s desire to be closer to the West is seen as a threat to Russia, especially since the two countries share a border and the border is too close for Putin’s comfort. Enough is enough, and Putin understood the need for Russia to reassert itself in the eyes of the world.
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Putin’s paranoia and distrust of Western European democracy and its intentions mirror those of Joseph Stalin after the end of World War II. “The Great Patriotic War”, as Russians call it, resulted in the deaths of around 20 million Russians and left its mark on the Russian psyche. Eastern European countries occupied by the forces of the Soviet Union in their westward thrust to the borders of Germany became satellite states and a protective barrier for the Soviet Union against any future western invasion.
Russia’s current drive for expansionism has rekindled old enmities and rivalries between East and West, and reintroduced the specter of an “Iron Curtain” across Europe. The story repeats itself.
OUR politicians recognize that, for all the reasons repeated, the West is powerless when it comes to stopping Putin’s aggression against Ukraine. There is one action the West could take that would affect the ability of any country to wage unprovoked war against a peaceful neighbor. The global economic system must be reformed to accurately measure all military spending as a negative contribution to wealth creation that negatively affects the value of international currencies, global living standards, the natural world, and most importantly, life itself. same.
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Now may be the time to begin the orderly transfer of frozen Imperial Russian assets to a Ukraine reconstruction fund, where he will wait for a free Ukraine. It may be time to clarify that the Silk Road from China to the EU will be necessary to sail through a free Ukraine.
I REMEMBER how, as a teenager, I was touched by Imry Nagy’s speech against the backdrop of the Hungarian national anthem, appealing to the West with the help of an amateur radio channel that the army Russian invasion in 1956 had not yet closed. He was then taken into the woods and shot.
The “Prague Spring” in 1968 was a similar endeavor to secure the Russian empire. Both countries had to endure many more decades of totalitarian repression before the will of ordinary people prevailed and they could emerge into safe pastures.
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We have no significant army in Scotland and the British army in which I served for nine years and military preparation in general has been so weakened that there are more “chiefs than Indians” ( with my apologies to the Indians, it’s an old expression). There is not much Scotland can do on its own except that we should make it clear to the world and to the rest of the UK that we would welcome Ukrainian refugee families to immigrate to Scotland where they would find a welcome, opportunity for a safe, peaceful life and friendship.
Most Scots would support the idea in the climate of the appalling and deadly life the Russian government is inflicting on its supposed friends and ‘brothers’.
Dr. Lindsay Neil