James O'Brien tears apart Priti Patel's Ukrainian refugee policy
LBC presenter James O’Brien has brutally criticised Priti Patel and the UK government’s handling of the Ukrainian refugee crisis.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine less than two weeks ago, over 1.5 million people have fled the country. Those who remain seek safety in bomb shelters and risk becoming displaced as Russia continues its assault.
Those fleeing have sought safety in other European nations, but the UK is severely lagging behind as it was revealed that just 50 refugees from Ukraine have been granted a visa.
Speaking on air today (7 March) O'Brien took aim at the UK government and their meagre response to the refugee crisis.
O’Brien said: “When Priti Patel tries to give you the impression that we’re moving heaven and Earth to help Ukrainian refugees when we’re doing less than any other country in Europe, is she too stupid to realise that [is a lie], or is she banking on you being too stupid to realise that?”
'There's always music with propaganda. They go together like a horse and carriage.'\n\nJames O'Brien's instant reaction to Priti Patel's message on the Ukraine crisis.\n\firstname.lastname@example.org/V6SA62a2Fy
O'Brien made refence to a video posted by the home secretary Priti Patel in which she claimed to be helping Ukrainians “with links to the UK”, speaking over music in the background.
The United Kingdom stands with Ukraine and is providing sanctuary to those fleeing their home.\n\nAt the @UkrEmbLondon & Ukrainian Social Club yesterday, I spoke with @VPrystaiko & the community about the support schemes we've announced to help people come to the UK so far pic.twitter.com/VOEQjbhLmd
O’Brien said of the clip: “I don’t know who came up with the idea of playing music in the background but I kind of knew someone would have done.
“There's always music with propaganda. They go together like a horse and carriage.”
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