Watch: Nadhim Zahawi’s disastrous Andrew Neil interview

Watch: Nadhim Zahawi's disastrous Andrew Neil interview
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Oh dear. It's safe to say the Conservative party's election campaign has not got off to the best start. On the day of the official launch, the Tories have had a cabinet minister resign and a row over who is to blame for the Grenfell fire drag on. Now, they can add to that list: a minister unsure whether Jeremy Corbyn would have wealthy people shot or not.

Appearing on the Andrew Neil show on Wednesday night, the Business Minister struggled when the BBC interviewer brought up Boris Johnson's comments comparing Jeremy Corbyn to Stalin on the grounds that he and his supporters hates wealth and aspiration so much that they 'point their fingers at individuals with a relish and a vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks'.

When Neil suggested that this comparison didn't hold up to scrutiny given that Stalin had people shot, Zahawi was unsure. Pressed on whether Corbyn really wants to have wealthy people shot, Zahawi replied:

'I don't know, you will have to ask him that question'

“I don’t know”

Business Minister @nadhimzahawi’s answer when asked to accept that @jeremycorbyn wouldn’t have wealthy people shot (unlike Stalin)....#andrewneilshow

— Jason Keen (@Jason_Keen) November 6, 2019

Oh well, only five weeks to go...

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