DAILY MAIL COMMENTARY: The West must confront Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat

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DAILY MAIL COMMENTARY: The West must confront Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat

When in trouble, tyrants cannot admit any weakness for fear of undermining their authority and triggering the rapid downfall of their regime.

With a plan to throw 300,000 Russian reservists into battle as cannon fodder, Vladimir Putin betraying the fact that he knows he is losing the war he hubristically started Ukraine.

Despot’s flawless launch threat nuclear weapons against the West for arming Ukrainian heroic resistance also reveals his humiliation at the failed invasion. ‘I’m not bluffing,’ he growled in a confused speech.

Vladimir Putin has betrayed the fact that he is aware that he is losing the war that he hubristically started in Ukraine

This military debacle destroyed Putin’s credibility, along with his reputation as a master strategist—not to mention the countless young men sent to lead what was supposed to be a quick war.

True, the reservists will reinforce the exhausted and demoralized Russian forces. But they’ll need extra training and weapons, and they won’t be thrilled at the prospect of surviving the cold winter before being slaughtered. And why? To satisfy Putin’s pride.

The Ukrainians, however, are well-armed and confident after suffering a series of heavy defeats. And they have strong motives to fight to the death: their country, their families and their friends.

The more Russian soldiers come home in coffins, the more obvious Putin’s stupidity will be to his own people. Perhaps then they will rise towards the Kremlin.

Of course, the West must take his threat of nuclear attack seriously. While it’s unlikely that he would press the button, it’s not impossible. Who knows what a crazed dictator might do in desperation?

But the democratic world has no choice but to stand up against his saber-rattling.

Liz Truss is right to promise that next year Britain will at least match the £2.3 billion it has already committed to Ukraine’s war effort. All our NATO allies must show the same determination as the Prime Minister. After Ukraine’s recent stunning successes on the battlefield, it is vital that they help this brave country by sending more and better weapons.

This is the best way to hasten the end of the bloody conflict – and bring about Putin’s much-deserved demise.

Diagnosis for GPs?

Once upon a time, a sick patient getting an immediate check-up from their family doctor would be completely irrelevant. Today, it’s practically a cause for celebration.

That’s why the Mail welcomes Health Secretary Theresa Coffey’s ambitious plan to halt the scandalous decline in the number of people able to see a GP in person.

She will request a non-emergency review within two weeks. Practices that do not produce results will be named and shamed.

In return, the practices will get help in reducing the bureaucracy – freeing up more time for patients.

These initiatives are necessary. But frustratingly, they often never materialize.

Patients urgently need tangible solutions to a disease that affects primary care. Not just more ministerial hot air.

Energy business

With its roots in traditional Toryism, this paper would normally reject government bailouts of private companies.

But congratulations to Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg for putting together a massive support package to help businesses struggling to pay their energy bills, which have soared since Russia’s war in Ukraine.

If radical measures were not taken, many profitable businesses would go under and countless workers would rush to the rescue – increasing the benefits bill and further hurting public finances.

If they survive, they can benefit from Miss Truss’s bold plan to cut taxes – and help boost Britain’s economic recovery.

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