HAVING ditched his wife, splashed out on a fancy new palace and developed a suspiciously crease-free face, not to mention those topless horseback photos, all the signs are there that Vladimir Putin is in the grip of a never-ending midlife crisis.
Now the world is paying the price for the Russian president’s insecurity complex and yearning for past glories.
All the signs are there that Vladimir Putin is in the grip of a never-ending midlife crisis[/caption]
A tragedy is that if Putin had continued Russia’s 1990s transition to democracy, there is every chance it would by now be a valued and thriving member of the international community.
But the ex-KGB spy fell back on what he knew best and reversed his nation into Soviet-era paranoia and thuggery.
Under his dictatorship, Russia is an economic basketcase domestically and a pariah state internationally.
Like all bullies, Putin will continue to throw his weight around as long as he is allowed to get away with it.
His Kremlin’s arrogance is typified by the sneering boast by one of its ambassadors that they “don’t give a sh*t” about the threat of further economic sanctions.
It is a pity then, that rather than a midlife crisis, the West is experiencing something more akin to a nervous breakdown, plagued by weak leaders and self-inflicted cultural divisions.
Make no mistake: woke warriors hellbent on erasing our values are as useful to malevolent tyrants such as Putin as any helicopter fleet or infantry division.
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SINCE quitting Government, Lord Frost has shown his unerring knack for getting to the nub of issues, whether on Brexit or the UK’s energy supply crisis.
His commonsense take on fracking is that it makes no sense to board up our domestic shale gas reserves, given we will only import the gas we need anyway, pushing up carbon emissions further.
He’s spot on. So why is the Government stubbornly clinging to its ban?
The Department for Business weakly claims drilling for gas could cause tremors.
Safety is key, but never mind tremors, has No10 truly grasped the political earthquake heading their way if they don’t tackle the cost-of-living crisis?
All the more reason to get cracking on fracking right now.
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