DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Mail readers’ weapon against Putin’s cruelty

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Mail readers’ weapon against Putin’s cruelty

In the dark nightmare of warfare, munitions are not the only weapons.

To terrorise populations (and in flagrant breach of all conventions) rogue armies rape and murder civilians.

Then there is starvation. Throughout history, repugnant regimes have sought to break enemies’ will by deliberately pushing their people into famine.

Today, in supposedly civilised Europe, evil Vladimir Putin is inflicting such hell on innocent Ukrainians.

Food parcels bound for stranded Ukrainians are loaded aboard a train in Poland

Russian invaders have intentionally destroyed farms, grain silos and supermarkets and, in a key city in Luhansk, obliterated food depots.

The consequences of this war crime are as tragic as they are predictable. Ukrainians have been reduced to scrabbling in bins and collecting drinking water from puddles.

Amid such distress, you – our magnificent readers – are offering a lifeline.

Thanks to your magnificent generosity, hundreds of thousands of life-saving food boxes are being sent to Ukraine.

Given the worsening crisis, these vital aid parcels could not be more timely.

The record-breaking £11million you’ve raised for the Mail Force refugee appeal shows the victims they are not forgotten.

Is Putin, as Ukrainians fear, trying to recreate the Holodomor – the ‘hunger extermination’, when Stalin starved millions of their countrymen to death?

Who knows. But your kind donations are a powerful weapon in the fight to stop history repeating itself.

Put customers first

On its website, Santander boasts of offering ‘a more personal banking service whenever you need it’.

Mike Regnier, the bank’s extravagantly paid boss, should explain that to customers who will be severely inconvenienced by his branches slashing their opening hours.

Wheeling out the old excuse, the lender argues this is because most customers want to bank online or by telephone.

But isn’t it a case of chicken and egg? Reducing counter services makes it more difficult for someone to go to a branch.

That forces many to turn to internet banking, which executives then cynically use as an excuse to cut more hours – or shut branches entirely.

As usual, the biggest losers are the elderly and vulnerable. With cyber-scammers a threat, they prefer to rely on cash and deal with real people. And small firms, forced to shut up shop at the busiest time of the day to deposit money, suffer too.

Yes, as a commercial operation, Santander must pay attention to the bottom line. But is it too much to ask that, for once, they put profits second – and customers first?

Lessons never learnt

They died 27 years apart. Both defenceless little children, both murdered with unspeakable brutality.

But their violent deaths are not the only connection between Logan Mwangi, five, and Rikki Neave, six. They were failed abysmally by institutions whose job it was to protect them and deliver justice.

Social services missed a string of red flags that Logan was being tortured. Police blunders meant Rikki’s killer was at large for years – free to commit other depravities.

Every time one of these appalling scandals occurs, we are told ‘lessons will be learned’, that official incompetence, box-ticking and blame-shifting will be stamped out. How shameful that they never are.

  • So after more synthetic outrage and hyper-moralising by narcissistic MPs, Boris Johnson will face another interminable Partygate inquiry. People are facing a devastating cost of living crisis and war is raging, yet our elected representatives are playing political parlour games. When will they realise the party is over?


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