UK politicians react to Russia invading Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is war without reason, without tangible intent, without an aim and without any possible justification.  It is not a conflict that any citizen of Ukraine wants, anywhere in the country, and it is not popular in Russia.

All war is, intrinsically, utterly anathema to humanity.  It is never a viable option.  The war in Ukraine, in which many people have died on its first day (23rd February 2022) including soldiers on both sides, civilians in Ukraine and Russian civilians at sea, is a consequence of politicians refusing to accept any scenario that restricts them from getting exactly what they want.  They would prefer thousands die and infrastructure destroyed rather than indulging in even the smallest compromise.

War is, of course, business.  The industry of war – the arms manufacturers – enjoys regular conflict and it abhors successful diplomacy.  It needs the threat of war to be ever present but threats alone are insufficient.

Russian government knows the importance of supporting the arms industry and it knows the importance of maintaining an image of itself and its president as “strong,” “decisive” and “patriotic.”  But, even with those two considerations prominent, the invasion of Ukraine is particularly pointless and obviously avoidable. 

Posturing in UK
War demands that politicians and self-appointed commentators adopt a position.  In Britain there were no surprises in how they reacted.

Tory government, deeply in hoc to extremely wealthy Russian oligarchs who have close ties to the Russian government, offered some words of condemnation from prepared scripts, made a few gestures of response via cursory sanctions, and then shrugged.  To be fair, some British military hardware was given to the Ukranian military to keep the arms industry happy.

Soldier boys in the Tory party want big war.  The bigger the better.  Nudges from their arms industry donors encourage them but they don’t need the encouragement.  Tom Tugendhat, whose polemic following the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan was to warn of the menace from China, demanded that all Russian citizens be thrown out of UK.  He didn’t add that all property “owned” by wealthy Russian oligarchs should be converted to social housing.

The “bad boys of Brexit” – Banks, Farage, etc. – did not add caveats to their grateful support to Russian wealth.  Their hatred of EU was transposed to a similar attitude toward NATO.  Their opposition to Macron, Trudeau and Biden dwarfs any mild discomfort at the sight of Russian tanks, planes and helicopters bombing Ukraine.

Starmer’s Labour party, excruciatingly desperate to continually and relentlessly assure its generous conservative donors that the party is committed to eradicating any possibility of socialism exerting influence, punctuated its warmongering with increasingly bizarre attacks on democratic socialists who dared to ask for peace.  A few Labour MPs signed a very reasonable statement by pacifists that criticised, unconditionally, Russia’s invasion – Labour leadership responded by threatening to oust the MPs from the parliamentary party.  Party funding for Young Labour was cut and its access to its social media accounts was terminated.

Sensible, informed and intelligent comments were spoken by some democratic socialists who showed it is possible, and easy, to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine while also aiming criticism elsewhere, such as EU’s complicity in the undemocratic removal of Ukranian government in 2014, or NATO’s implacability, or Tory government’s duplicity, or Labour’s indebtedness to arms industry.

Tories, Labour, and arch Brexiteers are using the war to fuel their own agendas.  We are within a madness of competing rhetoric all of which is opposed to facts, truth, knowledge and didactic reasoning.  If anyone pops up to describe what is happening, to analyse or to offer solutions, they are set upon from all sides.

War exaggerates blinkered ingrained perspectives but it also reveals how false they are.

However, ultimately, UK has no influence on what may ensue in Ukraine.

UK politicians react to Russia invading Ukraine

One thought on “UK politicians react to Russia invading Ukraine

  1. Neil Rose says:

    How do you suggest the ongoing NATO backed Ukrainian campaign killing and eviscerating the Russian speakers of the Donbas is stopped? Estimates are 14000 dead in the Donbas. Kiev continues to refuse to speak to the leaders of the Donbas required by the UN security Council agreed Minsk agreement. The US continues to command Kiev should continue to ignore? This has been going on for 7 years and 14000 dead Russian speakers in the Donbas. In the Normandy format meeting on the 10 February, Ukraine redused AGAIN to speak to the leaders of the Donbas as per the MINSK agreement.

    Russia has had enough and decided to recognize the republics and move to protect Russian speaking Ukrainian citizens directly. This parlour game is over.

    And who are these “oligarchs” who are controlling UK politics.

    Your dissent is falling flat here and is rather accepting the tropes and narrative on Russia espoused by the CORPORATE media. Russia’s influence on US and British politics doesn’t much extend beyond the ownership of clubs in the Premier League and is as influential as any individual who contributes a few hundred thousand dollars to a presidential election campaign. Not much in other words. A country that really does have influence, Israel, is completely overlooked.

    If Russia can stop the AZOV battalion from killing Russian speakers in Ukraine that is to be supported

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