Tens of thousands of Britons have registered for a government scheme to house Ukrainian refugees in their homes. Although only launched by Michael Gove on Monday, the nation has promptly proved itself an antidote to Home Office bungling over a humanitarian crisis which had shown the UK in a very poor light compared to other European countries, such as Poland and Romania.

Families across the land have offered whatever they can to accommodate fleeing survivors — mostly women and children — of Putin’s madness.