Tories in chaos over Ukrainian refugee entry visas

Good cop/bad cop? Priti Patel says she’s trying to find ways to let more refugees into the UK – but her pal Boris Johnson reckons the current situation, that has allowed just 50 people into the UK, is fine.

Can anybody explain the lunacy over entry visas for Ukrainian refugees to come into the UK? Is the confusion simply because the Tories don’t want them here?

We know that the UK has granted just 50  visas so far – 12 days into the Russia-Ukraine war.

We know Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she is exploring legal options to grant humanitarian access to people without family ties to the UK or third-party sponsorship, after the government was criticised for restricting admission to the country in those ways.

But we also know – now – that Boris Johnson has denied that a third way in would be opened. It seems he reckons that many more than 50 people have already been allowed in – although he wouldn’t provide a figure. “I can’t give you the number, we’re processing thousands right now,” he said.

It seems clear that under Johnson – yet again – the UK is saying one thing and doing another.

He said we were the first to introduce sanctions against Russia; we’re the last.

He said we were accepting thousands of Ukrainian refugees and we’ve taken in just 50.

He says whatever he thinks will make him look good – and it seems he is too stupid to understand that we can see through him.

And we can:

This is not an inability to achieve a stated aim within an acceptable time.

It is a political choice to turn refugees away. Is it because Boris Johnson secretly supports Putin?

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