The Rwanda scheme is as delinquent as Putin’s attack on Ukraine, morally anyway

“Brexit was about taking back control. About asserting our own sovereignty and deciding our own destiny. The freedoms of Brexit should be about innovations justifying British exceptionalism on the basis of moral leadership, not moral delinquency.” David Davis in “The Times” today.

And there you have the fraud of Brexit neatly described by a Brexiteer for once honest enough to tell, the truth. Sure he might say that one bit of moral delinquency doesn’t make the whole project delinquent. He would be wrong to do so.

At this time we can see the horrors of nationalism in sharp relief as Putin and his gang murderously try to assert their will on Ukraine. But let’s be under no illusion. Russia’s drivers are part of the same narrow nationalism that drove the “Leave” campaign and drives Britain’s populist government today.

The reality of the modern world is that unless we build alliances, participate in cooperative treaties, recognise the international element in most of what we do we will blunder into an isolated faux-freedom state which we may call “deciding our destiny” but in reality is nothing of the sort. Russia is largely “free” to do as it wants so long as it has a thick enough skin. Britain thinks it can do the same. We can’t.

The Rwanda scheme is as delinquent as Putin’s attack on Ukraine, morally anyway. It’s wrong not because most of us, including Mr Davis, see that it is. It’s wrong because the civilised world condemns this “exceptionalism” as much as it condemns Putin. Nice company we keep.

One thought on “The Rwanda scheme is as delinquent as Putin’s attack on Ukraine, morally anyway

  1. I think it’s becoming clear both with Davis and William Hauge’s excellent article in The Times that the Conservative Party has finally run out of patience with Johnson. I of course hope I am right it it starts an avalanche of no confidence letters. However, the fact that counterbalances such hope is most of the new so-called Red Wall MP’s owe their seat and income to Johnson. That’s a powerful base to fend off the doubters.
    The May elections may prove a watershed but Johnson like Trump will cling to power at any cost. He will have to be forced out by the electorate in the end and even then he may not go.
    Britain and its people underestimate just how far the right will go to retain political power. America no longer does.


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