People power shames governments into action | Josie Pagani

JOSIE PAGANI

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People power shames governments into action

Josie's Stuff column on the public reaction to Russia's invasion of Ukraine is here.

‘’I need ammo. Not a ride.’’

President Volodymyr Zelensky's courageous refusal to evacuate, and his straightforward call for more help as Russian tanks rolled in, helped to mobilise the world. It’ll be one of the great quotes of the century.

If countries want to enjoy the benefits of global trade, sports and investment, then they should agree to a minimum standard of behaviour. Civilised countries should exclude human rights abusers and genocidal maniacs. We don't need to trade only with democracies, but excluding war criminals, expansionists and murderers is not setting the bar too high.

Corporates around the world are rightly being required to observe environmental, social and corporate responsibility standards. One of those standards should be a bar on commerce with outlaw countries. The punishment for dealing with Russia should be more severe than the punishment for a moronic tweet. Toughen up cancel culture.