Ros Atkins explains the UK’s response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis

Oonagh Keating. Updated March 9th, 2022 The UK’s response to the war in Ukraine, particularly in terms of facilitating the acceptance of refugees into the country, has been widely condemned as inadequate. There are three key aspects to the UK response to Ukraine, all of them crucial: Arms, sanctions and refugees. We’ve been very good … Read more

The government’s 6-point plan for Ukraine got the reaction it deserved – 12 pointed takedowns

Oonagh Keating. Updated March 7th, 2022 The war in Ukraine continues to destroy the lives of its citizens while other countries help to varying degrees with aid, sanctions and asylum. With news breaking that the UK has issued only 50 visas to Ukrainians fleeing the fighting, further doubts have been raised as to the government’s … Read more

12 crushing takedowns of this terrible take on Russian humanitarianism

Oonagh Keating. Updated March 4th, 2022 According to reports, Ukraine and Russia have agreed to the creation of safe corridors to allow refugees out and humanitarian aid in. BREAKING: Ukraine says it has reached a tentative agreement with Russia to organize safe corridors for civilians to evacuate and for humanitarian supplies to be delivered. Under … Read more

A Tory minister said Ukrainians should apply for seasonal work visas – 12 favourite clapbacks

Oonagh Keating. Updated February 28th, 2022 The situation in Ukraine remains bleak and incredibly dangerous for everybody there, which is why many have fled into nearby friendly countries, such as Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. While those and other countries are doing whatever they can to accommodate the Ukrainians, it’s crucial that others open their borders … Read more

The UK’s Russia sanctions didn’t live up to the hype – 23 responses that are stronger than the measures

Oonagh Keating. Updated February 23rd, 2022 In response to Russia’s blatant invasion of Ukraine under the banner of sending in ‘peacekeeping forces’ to protect Donetsk and Luhansk, countries and regions have launched a range of sanctions. Germany was first off the blocks when it pressed pause on the highly lucrative Nord Stream 2 natural gas … Read more

Boris Johnson unveiled his ‘Living with Covid’ plan but people aren’t buying it – 19 favourite responses

Oonagh Keating. Updated February 22nd, 2022 Despite a short delay while Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid argued over the cost-benefit analysis of *checks notes* preventing citizens from catching and spreading a potentially fatal virus, Boris Johnson’s much trumpeted end to Covid regulations was on Monday. Javid lost the argument. Legal requirement to self-isolate after positive … Read more

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s empty Brexit promise got exactly the reaction it deserved

Oonagh Keating. Updated February 14th, 2022 Jacob Rees-Mogg has really settled into his job as Secretary of State for Unicorns and Sunlit Uplands, or Minister of State for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency, as it’s known to people who are better at keeping a straight face than I am. It may take 50 years to … Read more

Boris Johnson has been sent a Met questionnaire – 24 favourite reactions

Oonagh Keating. Updated February 12th, 2022 Despite the resignation of Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, the investigation into alleged breaking of Covid laws in Whitehall and Downing Street continues, with questionnaires going out to more than 50 people – including Boris Johnson. 🚨 Excl: A No10 spokesman confirms the prime minister has tonight received a questionnaire … Read more

The Education Secretary got schooled for saying pupils shouldn’t criticise Boris Johnson – 12 favourites

Oonagh Keating. Updated February 10th, 2022 The new Commons Leader may be trying to convince people/himself that the public isn’t interested in Partygate, but when it’s even become a topic for a primary school writing exercise, he must surely acknowledge that there is some cut-through. Year Six pupils in Welbeck Primary School in Nottingham wrote … Read more