It doesn’t matter whether Boris Johnson and his cronies really are secretly siding with the Russians in an act of treachery against the West; you can still be sure that they aren’t siding with you.
This Site reported that, after face-to-face meetings resumed in March last year, the number of sanctions against Universal Credit claimants multiplied 15-fold, from 960 to 15,929.
Figure to November 2021 show the number of sanctions had risen to 49,944 by November – and this is not the total sanctioned across the whole month but only those under sanction on the day the official figure was taken.
It also excludes UC claimants who are not in “conditionality” groups, like severely disabled people.
So sanctions by the UK government against its own people multiplied more than 50 times in nine months.
Contrast that with sanctions against Russians who have stashed money in the UK – including giving donations to Conservative MPs – since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine:
Still enjoying this splendid self-own from the firm founded by a Chair of the Tories.
Anyone care to venture a theory as to why none of his clients have been sanctioned? pic.twitter.com/VGvZPWF2gJ
— Jo Maugham (@JolyonMaugham) March 5, 2022
That Tory co-chair would be Ben Elliot, who is facing calls for him to resign or be sacked (here are some details).
The classic example of a Russian who could have his assets seized is Roman Abramovich, who is currently hoping to sell Chelsea FC for £3 billion before shifting the money out of the UK, having been warned to do so within 30 days by the Boris Johnson Advice Bureau for Rich Russians:
Why is Russian Roman Abramovich being allowed to sell Chelsea for £3 Billion. His assets should be seized along with other Russian oligarchs then sold with the proceeds being used to aid Ukraine 🇺🇦. Secondly why would any decent person want to buy from him?
— David Bland💙 (@blandy21) March 4, 2022
And details of donations to top Tories from people and organisations with links to Russians – whether sanctioned or not – keep being revealed. For example:
Defence Secretary Received Funding for Private Party from Law Firm Lobbying for Putin’s Sanctioned Banks – Byline Times https://t.co/sQrjkqq7Zl
— Sean Flynn (@SeanFly29756008) March 4, 2022
People have been asking what Russian donors to the Tory Party/government have had in return for their money…
So, WHAT did the Putin-linked Russians get in exchange for their huge donations to the Tory Party and so many Tory MPs?
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) March 4, 2022
It seems possible to answer that question now – at least in part.
What did the Putin-linked Russians get in exchange for their huge Tory donations? Exemption from sanctions until they have taken their money out of harm’s way.
And the contrast between the government’s treatment of Universal Credit claimants and rich Russian donors proves something else:
Tories would rather stamp down hard on their own fellow UK citizens than take meaningful action against enemies of the nation who have given them some dirty money.
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