This morning Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott showed exactly why Jeremy Corbyn poses a grave risk to Britain’s economy and national security.
In an excruciating interview with LBC, Abbott floundered over Corbyn’s flagship new police funding idea – unable to answer basic questions on how much it would cost or how she would pay for it.
Under sustained questioning from Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain, Abbott refused to say whether Jeremy Corbyn would authorise the use of nuclear weapons if Britain were about to be attacked by another nuclear power. In doing so, she effectively scrapped Britain’s nuclear deterrent which keeps our country safe. There is no point having a deterrent unless you are prepared to use it.
And on Sky News she said that Corbyn’s previous promises on where Labour’s police money would be used – arts, welfare and schools – were ‘illustrations’ rather than ‘promises’. Showing that Jeremy Corbyn’s promises are simply not worth the paper they are written on.
- Failed to explain how Jeremy Corbyn could fund the police by raising capital gains tax – when he has already spent the same pot of money 3 times over.
- Said that scrutiny of Corbyn’s spending plans was ‘quibbling about figures’ – despite this being about billions of pounds of taxpayers money.
Responding, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
“Diane Abbott has laid bare the chaos that Britain would face if Jeremy Corbyn is voted into Downing Street.
“One of Corbyn’s closest allies has clearly shown that Labour’s sums don’t add up, they would weaken our defences, and their nonsensical promises aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.
“Jeremy Corbyn and his coalition of chaos pose a grave risk to our economy and our national security. We would all pay the price if he ends up in Number 10 propped up by the Lib Dems, Greens and SNP.
“Only Theresa May and the Conservatives can be trusted to deliver the strong and stable leadership for Brexit and beyond.”