Freedom is flavour of the month. Ukrainians are dying in their thousands in defence of freedom and the heroic spectacle has spurred Western politicians to make it their latest parrot cry – though endowed with as much sympathy for the concept as parakeets. They have coupled it with “democracy”, another idea of which they have an increasingly skewed perception. For the moment, though, “freedom and democracy” is almost rivalling “equality and inclusion” as the dernier cri in virtue-signalling political circles.