THE Government’s first duty is “to keep citizens safe and the country secure”.
It is clearly not secure while hundreds of illegal migrants a day stroll into it from our beaches.
But we should worry too about our safety and defence.
Our forces were underfunded for years by successive Governments.
But if the war in Ukraine — to which we are contributing weapons, expertise and now tanks — is not a wake-up call, what is?
Rishi Sunak does not want to commit to spending plans before a review in March.
And No10 insists we have Europe’s biggest defence budget, after a huge injection under Boris Johnson.
That smacks of complacency when a US General secretly fears UK forces are too depleted to defend us.
EU nations, spooked by Putin, are pouring billions more into their troops.
We should halt the cuts to ours — and follow suit.
THE Kremlin’s self-delusion, meanwhile, is off the charts.
Here is a regime that sent assassins to Salisbury with a chemical weapon, then absurdly claimed these blatant thugs were tourists admiring the cathedral.
It openly lied that it would never invade Ukraine. And it has lied and lied ever since, denying its many atrocities.
Now, when Boris Johnson reveals Putin idly threatened to kill him too, it feigns outrage — calling Boris a liar and claiming their leader would never do such a thing.
Who do they hope to fool? Do they really think Putin, or Russia, have some reputation left to defend?
The Russian government is a cabal of thieving gangsters run by a wretched little crook for whom murderous threats are a stock-in-trade. His cheerleaders, with his approval, even threaten on state TV to nuke Western cities.
It’s a little late for them to take the moral high ground over a remark from Boris.
WE have long known Twitter to be a cesspit where arrogant, hate-filled know-nothings congregate to flaunt their ignorance.
It has long been obvious too how it has wrecked politics — with addicted MPs playing to its gallery for “likes” — along with our police and much else.
Not to mention how it fuels societal division and anger.
But now we also know it is the biggest peddler of porn to children.
More kids have seen explicit content there than on actual porn sites.
Worse, it is teaching them that aggression is normal in sex.
Well done, all at the social media giant.
If only they had spent more time eradicating filth and less on secretly silencing conservatives.
Before Elon Musk turned up they seemed less bothered about damage to children than damage to the US Democrats.
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