Nearly each common election in Britain in dwelling reminiscence has began with pundits predicting that the marketing campaign goes to finish up being the nastiest and dirtiest ever. In reality, these claims are most likely usually fallacious, however it’ll be laborious to faux in any other case in 2019 when Boris Johnson is formally launching the Conservative common election marketing campaign by evaluating Jeremy Corbyn to Stalin. The prime minister has mentioned so in an article (paywall) within the Each day Telegraph, a number of hours earlier than he goes to Buckingham Palace for an viewers with the Queen. (She is a Telegraph reader, however fairly what she makes of this diatribe is anybody’s guess.)

Right here is the important thing quote from Johnson’s article, which the Telegraph has plastered throughout its entrance web page.

The tragedy of the trendy Labour get together below Jeremy Corbyn is that they detest the revenue motive so viscerally – and would elevate taxes so wantonly – that they’d destroy the very foundation of this nation’s prosperity. They faux that their hatred is directed solely at sure billionaires – they usually level their fingers at people with a relish and a vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks. In actuality they’d find yourself placing up taxes on everybody: on pensions, on companies, on inheritance, on houses, on gardens.

And right here is Corbyn’s response on Twitter.

Jeremy Corbyn

The nonsense the super-rich will come out with to keep away from paying a bit extra tax…

November 5, 2019

It goes with out saying, in fact, that, no matter you consider the rights and wrongs of Labour’s tax plans and its attitudes to enterprise, any comparability with a dictator accountable for mass slaughter is preposterous.

In his London Playbook briefing for Politico Europe, Charlie Cooper means that Johnson’s Stalin reference might be a basic Lynton Crosby “useless cat” , supposed to distract consideration from the a number of mishaps that hit the Tory marketing campaign yesterday. Maybe. However a extra probably clarification is that Johnson needed {today}’s Telegraph entrance web page to be dominated by claims primarily based on the Treasury costing of Labour’s spending plans, and that he needed to rustle up one thing else after Sir Mark Sedwill, the cupboard secretary, kiboshed that plan.

Right here is the agenda for the day.

10am: Jo Swinson, the Lib Dem chief, visits Golders Inexperienced. Later she will likely be in Watford on one other marketing campaign go to.

Morning: Boris Johnson goes to the palace to formally notify the Queen in regards to the election. On his return he is because of make a press release in Downing Road.

10.30am: The Inexperienced get together launches its election marketing campaign at an occasion in Bristol.

11am: Jeremy Corbyn delivers a speech in Telford.

11am: Nigel Farage, the Brexit get together chief, visits Workington.

12pm: Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish first minister and SNP chief, visits Ochil and South Perthshire

12pm: The Nationwide Union of College students launches its manifesto for the election.

1.20pm: Mark Drakeford, the Welsh first minister, launches the Welsh Labour get together marketing campaign in Cardiff.

1.30pm: Richard Leonard, the Scottish Labour chief, launches the Scottish Labour get together marketing campaign.

7.30pm: Johnson formally launches the Conservative election marketing campaign at a rally within the West Midlands.

Except there may be some main non-election information, I’ll simply be specializing in the election marketing campaign, masking breaking information because it occurs, in addition to bringing you the very best response, remark and evaluation from the net. We plan to publish a abstract on the finish of the day.

You possibly can learn all of the {latest} Guardian election protection right here. Right here is the Politico Europe roundup of this morning’s political information. And right here is the PoliticsHome listing of {today}’s {top} 10 must-reads.

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