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6 November 2019updated 24 Jul 2021 3:53am

Everything Boris Johnson is trying to distract you from with his “kulak” comment

It’s been a very bad week for the Tory campaign.

By Anoosh Chakelian

The Prime Minister has written a piece comparing Jeremy Corbyn to Josef Stalin, including a recycled reference to the purge of the kulaks (prosperous Soviet peasant farmers killed in their millions) that he trotted out in the same paper, the Telegraph, in 2009 to describe Gordon Brown’s 50p tax rate.

Don’t let that distract you, though, from a week of terrible headlines for the Conservative Party’s election campaign.

Here’s what the kulaks are meant to divert your attention from: 

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Andrew Bridgen on Grenfell

Both men have belittled the fire’s victims by suggesting it would have been “common sense” or “clever” to defy the Fire Brigade’s instructions and standard fire procedure in tower blocks. Both men had to apologise afterwards.

Editing an interview with Keir Starmer for an attack ad

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