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Sunday shows round-up: It is ‘highly likely’ that Russia will invade Ukraine

30 January 2022

11:12 PM

30 January 2022

11:12 PM

Liz Truss – It is ‘highly likely’ that Russia will invade Ukraine

January may be Eastern Europe’s coldest month, but most Ukrainians are unwilling to accept Vladimir Putin’s gigantic bear hug for comfort. Last week, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss claimed to have seen intelligence suggesting a Russian plan to install a puppet government in Kyiv, and diplomatic efforts have not yet managed to take the chill off the situation. Truss was interviewed by Sophie Raworth, who asked her how likely it was that the situation could escalate:

The Foreign Secretary says it’s “highly likely” that Putin is planning to invade Ukraine

Liz Truss tells Sophie Raworth “there is a real threat of invasion, but we don’t know what’s going to happen”
#SundayMorning https://t.co/DOE1h7Nqg8 pic.twitter.com/cbe7gkn8K4

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 30, 2022

LT: We think it’s highly likely that [Putin] is looking to invade Ukraine… There is a real threat of invasion, but we don’t know what’s going to happen.

Europe is too dependent on Russian gas

Trevor Phillips also spoke to Truss about the co-ordination of sanctions against Russia. As well as a proposed broadening of sanctions against individuals, Truss said that she would argue wholeheartedly for the cancellation of the gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, running from Russia to Germany. The Nord Stream pipelines are owned by the Russian state-backed company Gazprom:

“One of the issues we have is European dependence on Russian gas.”

Foreign Secretary @trussliz tells #Phillips that Germany must “absolutely” cancel the key gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, if Russia invades Ukraine.

Live: https://t.co/MfyXU0jmTl pic.twitter.com/utIozB97t3

— Trevor Phillips on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) January 30, 2022

LT: One of the issues we have is European dependence on Russian gas… We cannot allow that to happen.

The public ‘appreciate that we’ve spent a lot of money’

Phillips pressed Truss on the issue of the government’s National Insurance rise, aimed at funding the health and social care system. Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have confirmed that the rise will go ahead in April, in the teeth of opposition from their backbenches, concerned about the current cost-of-living squeeze:

“I think the public appreciate that we spent a lot of money during COVID and we do need to pay that money back.”@trussliz defends the National Insurance tax hike, blaming “extraordinary circumstances” for the “difficult decisions”. #Phillips: https://t.co/MfyXU0jmTl pic.twitter.com/dSpFgItvbz

— Trevor Phillips on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) January 30, 2022


LT: We want to see taxes come down… [but] I think the public appreciate that we spent a lot of money during COVID and we do need to pay that money back.

Boris ‘will do a fantastic job’ at the next election

Truss was also stoic in her defence of the Prime Minister when challenged about his conduct by Raworth, and refused to countenance his resignation, even if it were to be established that he deliberately misled the House of Commons:

Foreign Secretary refuses to answer when asked whether Boris Johnson should resign if he broke Covid lockdown rules and lied to Parliament

Liz Truss says PM has already apologised for mistakes that have been made #SundayMorning https://t.co/VWKyHtjR1u pic.twitter.com/8oztuZdEyI

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 30, 2022

LT: [Johnson] will do a fantastic job winning the next election for the Conservative party…

SR: If he’s lied to Parliament should he resign…?

LT: I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions… He’s done an excellent job on the things that matter.

Lisa Nandy – ‘We can’t possibly hit people with more taxes’

Raworth also discussed the planned National Insurance rise with Shadow ‘Levelling Up’ Secretary Lisa Nandy. Nandy was highly critical of the tax, arguing that people needed more money in their pockets to spend in their local communities:

Labour’s Lisa Nandy says the planned National Insurance tax rise should be scrapped

She tells #SundayMorning “we can’t possibly hit people with more taxes at the moment, it’s just simple not possible for some people to survive”https://t.co/odpUWigvn3 pic.twitter.com/pY3oQpCNer

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 30, 2022

LN: We can’t possibly hit people with more taxes at the moment… If there was a Labour government today, there would be no rise in National Insurance.

‘Do you want me to frogmarch Boris out of Downing Street?’

Phillips goaded Nandy with the suggestion that Labour had completely failed in one of its core duties – the government had been on the ropes thanks to various self-inflicted wounds, but no knockout blow had been landed:

‘Has Labour missed its shot at the prime minister?’ – @TrevorPTweets

On allegations of Downing Street parties during lockdown, @lisanandy says: “The prime minister could end this circus today, he could just be honest.”#Phillips https://t.co/MfyXU0jmTl pic.twitter.com/vfsq4FGMTD

— Trevor Phillips on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) January 30, 2022

LN: Do you want me to go down now and frogmarch [Johnson] out of Downing Street?… If Tory MPs won’t find the courage and the backbone to do the right thing, then it will be up to the British people.

Ed Davey – Sue Gray delay could be worse than ‘a cockup’

And finally, the Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey sought to cast doubt on what had happened to the much-anticipated Sue Gray report into alleged Downing Street parties. The Metropolitan police have demanded that Gray’s report can only be published in a redacted form until they complete their own criminal investigation:

Downing St parties: The Met’s handling of the Sue Gray report is undermining public trust in the police, says Sir Ed Davey

The Lib Dem leader tells Sophie Raworth “this may be a cock up but equally it could be something worse”
#SundayMorning https://t.co/N3kwFw2ARR pic.twitter.com/eyFQxvUHDl

— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) January 30, 2022

ED: The way the Met has handled this, I think is undermining [public trust]… This is chaos… It may be a cockup, but equally it may be something worse.

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