For once, we must say unequivocally that refugees from Ukraine are welcome here – Reuters

WE should all be immensely grateful that throughout this dreadful Ukraine crisis Boris Johnson has managed not to make a fool of himself.

In fact, the Prime Minister performed quite well. Like, you know, prime ministers are supposed to.

We must say unequivocally that refugees from Ukraine are welcome hereCredit: Reuters
Russian missile hits Kharkiv regional administration building1 credit: East2West

He understood the atmosphere of the country well.

He was quick to impose severe penalties.

And he found the right tone in the face of Vladimir Putin’s savage and illegal invasion.

There is always time, of course.

At the next summit meeting, he might start jabbering about Peppa Pig, or something. And plunge us all into fate. But so far he has done well.

There’s just one area where he got it wrong.

And also where he misjudged the mood of the nation. And this is above the refugees from Ukraine.

Other countries have been generous and magnanimous.

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The European Union quickly announced that Ukrainian refugees would be welcome for three years, after which they could officially apply for asylum.

Poland has already taken in more than 450,000 refugees and it is a much poorer country than ours.

Even tiny Moldova, one of the poorest countries in Europe, has already taken in at least 79,000 people and offered them jobs.

Boris has moved a little in recent days.

He now says that the visa regime will be expanded. But that’s still not enough.

He is wrong because he thinks we, the public, are “anti-immigrant”.

It is true that the vast majority of Britons want a controlled number of immigration year after year.

But that does not mean that we are against immigration or against immigrants.

Ukraine has huge public support and I haven’t heard anyone – except government ministers – object to welcoming large numbers of people.

It is an emergency, a real, current emergency.

It’s very different from picking up shiploads of lucky young men from North Africa and the Middle East and beyond trying to circumvent our asylum system.

LIVES ARE DESTROYED

The British people can, I believe, make a difference.

And it may well be that we felt more welcoming because it would be people with a culture very similar to ours.

People who love our way of life.

As a liberal Western democracy, we must act with decency and kindness at all times.

The Ukrainian border is less than 1,600 miles from our shores.

These are people from our own continent.

People whose lives are being destroyed right now, right before our eyes.

For once, we should say unequivocally: “Ukrainian refugees are welcome here”.

It’s not like we’re running out of jobs for them.

In the engineering, transport and hospitality sectors, we are severely understaffed.

It’s not anywhere near the main concern, of course.

The important point is that we should be magnanimous. And to be seen, by the rest of the world, as magnanimous.

Because when we finally count who has helped Ukrainians the most, do we really want to be a footnote below impoverished little Moldova?

RMT on the wrong track

So a big thank you to the transport unions for doing what they do best.

Bringing abject misery and chaos into the lives of hard working people.

RMT leader Eddie Dempsey was a fan of pro-Putin separatist Aleksey Mozgovoy
RMT leader Eddie Dempsey was a fan of pro-Putin separatist Aleksey MozgovoyCredit: Alamy

London was left at a standstill. All at the request of Tube drivers who can earn up to £80,000 a year.

And who have a base salary of £55,000 a year.

Do you remember the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who declared that there would be no more Tube strikes under his watch?

I remember, Sadiq. Even if you pretend not to.

A leader of the RMT union, Eddie Dempsey, was also a fan of pro-Putin separatist Aleksey Mozgovoy.

He traveled to pro-Russian separatist areas of Ukraine to show his solidarity.

Helluva man, huh.

Abuse of human rights

HERE is a suggestion. Why isn’t the pope touring Ukraine?

There are many Roman Catholics in the country.

They belong to the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and number about five million.

Pope Francis has often denounced human rights violations and imperialism.

Here is his chance to make a real difference in the world.

Is there a country that needs salvation more than Ukraine?

Even Putin would think twice before bombing a city with the pope inside.

I bet one of his predecessors, John Paul, would have been here by now.

Covid fears atomized

CRISES tend to focus the mind a bit, don’t they?

For example, you don’t hear much about Covid these days.

There's really no reason to worry about a bad case of sniffing when you could be vaporized by a nuke.
There’s really no reason to worry about a bad case of sniffing when you could be vaporized by a nuke.Credit: Getty

As a dangerous boredom, it was easily overshadowed by Vlad the Mad.

No need to worry about a bad case of sniffling when you could be vaporized.

Masks and hand sanitizer won’t be very good against a nuke.

And yet I still see people going about their business in masks.

Even in the open air or behind the wheel of their car. It’s something they apparently can’t let go.

And there are still hand sanitizer dispensers in some of our supermarkets.

Despite the fact that we learned a good year ago that all that washing was for nothing.

Insult to ordinary people

I notice that our MPs are about to get a pretty big pay raise.

They will receive an additional £2,212 per year.

MPs are set to receive a pay rise of £2,212
MPs are set to receive a pay rise of £2,212Credit: Alamy

It’s in compensation for the absolutely wonderful job they’ve been doing lately.

In this case, I think our MPs should be paid more, in general.

The current rate of pay means that we have fools and dunces occupying the benches of the House of Commons.

A little more money might attract a better level of MP.

But this pay rise now feels like an insult to ordinary people who are facing massive hikes in their energy prices.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer was right to say MPs should reject the hike. These are difficult times.

dimmer and dimmer

LABOR loaf Diane Abbott reported her shock watching television footage of Russian tanks entering Croatia.

She was shocked?

Diane Abbott reported her shock watching TV footage of Russian tanks entering Croatia
Diane Abbott reported her shock watching TV footage of Russian tanks entering CroatiaCredit: Alamy
Joe Biden said Putin would never win the hearts and souls of the Iranian people
Joe Biden said Putin would never win the hearts and souls of the Iranian peopleCredit: AP

Not half as much as the Croats, I guess.

The interviewer put her on the right.

“You mean Ukraine, don’t you? Gawd help us.

Yet she was overwhelmed by the worst president in US history.

Putin would never win the hearts and souls of the Iranian people, Joe Biden said during his state of the union address. Hmm? WTF?

Shit, at least Diane has the right continent. Only about 500 miles.

I wonder how Biden’s sheer obscurity made Putin think he could invade and get away with it?

Saint front, and after, ladies?

THE next in a special series called Women With Very Large Things.

Last week, I told you about supposed “influencer” Mary Magdalene.

Sammie-Jo Hailford claims to have the biggest eyebrows in Britain
Sammie-Jo Hailford claims to have the biggest eyebrows in Britain1 credit

She claims to have acquired the biggest vagina in the world.

She had it built for this purpose. Probably needs a respray now.

This week it’s Sammie-Jo Hailford, from Grimsby.

She claims to have the biggest eyebrows in Britain.

They are indeed huge.

Looks like she slapped a few feet of shiny black duct tape across her forehead.

She looks, if you don’t mind me saying it, she’s stupid.

And now she’s upset because a lot of people online said pretty much the same thing.

Then it will be something else.

A chick claiming to have the biggest pancreas in the world, or something like that.

The North will rise

So no silverware again for Spurs this season.

I guess that won’t shock their supporters so much.

Tottenham haven't won a major trophy for over a decade
Tottenham haven’t won a major trophy for over a decade

They haven’t won a major trophy for over ten years.

And the last time they won the league title was over 60 years ago.

And yet they were among the splinter clubs that would go on to form a European super league. How is it a “super” club?

Either way, kudos to Middlesbrough for kicking them out of the FA Cup.

It was time for Boro to win a trophy as well.

The North will rise again!

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For once, we must say unequivocally that refugees from Ukraine are welcome here – Reuters

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