Boris Johnson compared Jeremy Corbyn to Stalin and it shows how nasty British politics has become

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Johnson accused opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters of hating 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.”

Corbyn tweeted a brief response to the article, saying “The nonsense the super-rich will come out with to avoid paying a bit more tax…”

Joseph Stalin is widely believed to have been responsible for the murder of roughly a million people during his purge of wealthy Russians (kulaks) and political opponents in 1936.

Corbyn has undoubtedly shifted the Labour Party to the left since taking over as leader in 2015. He backs higher taxes, nationalizing public infrastructure and has called Karl Marx a “great economist.”

He believes that in a “fair society there would be no billionaires and no one would live in poverty.” Tie these things together and it’s easy to arrive at a point where a Corbyn government would create a society where the wealthy paid more tax to fund the public services that everyone uses.

So, while Corbyn’s Britain would tax the wealthy more than the current government, it’s a huge leap to suggest that, like Stalin, he would starve them to death.

This election campaign was always going to be incredibly nasty and personal. The leadership of the governing Conservative party and Labour sincerely dislike one another in ways that are unusual in British politics.

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