Boris Johnson has officially launched his general election campaign this morning, and has already been accused of trivialising millions of deaths.
A front-page splash in The Telegraph kicked off Johnson’s campaign, with a giant quote from the Prime Minister comparing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
Johnson’s quote reads: “They point their fingers at individuals with a relish and vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks.”
In typical Boris Johnson style, this quote is, obviously, deeply offensive.
In the early 1930s, Stalin persecuted the kulaks, a class of peasant in the Soviet Union, leading to an estimated six million deaths.
As think-tank director Anand Menon said in response to the PM’s language: “This is a ridiculous analogy.”
What’s more, this turn of phrase from Johnson isn’t even particularly original. As Sunder Katwala has discovered, the PM has been using the Stalin/kulaks metaphor against the Labour Party since at least 2009.
In a column written for The Telegraph (notice a theme here?), Johnson claimed that Labour’s 50p tax rate for high earners, “is not far, in its political motive, from Stalin’s assault on the kulaks.”
This sort of language isn’t surprising from our habitually offensive PM, but it leaves you to wonder: when will we finally wake up and kick Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson out of public office?