PMQs looked like a comedy routine. But there was nothing funny about it. President Zelensky, AKA Uncle Volod, has come to town to address a joint session of both houses. As a warm-up act, MPs behaved like a gang of armchair Rambos and competed to fawn over Uncle Volod while pledging taxpayers’ cash to the defence of his borders. This wasn’t a debate but a scripted event staged to please a leader who appears to have no trouble travelling the world, or welcoming celebs like Boris to his capital, even though he claims to be personally locked in a life-or-death struggle with the largest country in the world.
The party leaders sounded identical.
‘This terrible conflict must end with the defeat of Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.’ That was Sir Keir Starmer.
‘Every time Putin has been appeased, he’s been back for more.’ That was Sir Keir as well. Rishi Sunak boasted about sending Challenger tanks and training Ukrainian pilots and marines. How strange to see so much treasure being sent to defend a country on the other side of Europe to which we owe no treaty obligations. If Kent and Sussex declared themselves Ukraine Overseas Territories, the migrant crisis would be solved by the weekend. But no. MPs were too busy arming a foreign power to worry about the folks at home.
Sir Keir gave himself a pat on the back for prosecuting war criminals in the Hague many years ago.
‘When the war in Ukraine is over,’ he said, ‘Putin and his cronies must face justice.’ Rishi agreed instantly. ‘We hope we will see the first indictments very shortly,’ he said.