At today’s PMQs the Labour leader Keir Starmer questioned Rishi Sunak about the tax affairs of Nadhim Zahawi and also hinted at Sunak’s own shady tax background.
Starmer said it should be obvious that someone who tries to avoid tax cannot be in charge of tax. He is surprised that Sunak could not say that. He then asked what has changed since last week?
The PM then replied to say the Labour leader was reading from a prepared statement, and did not listen to the last answer.
Sunak said he believes in “proper due process.”
He says Starmer and Angela Rayner both called for the appointment of an ethics adviser. Now that adviser is doing his job. Starmer is just indulging in “opportunism”.
Starmer then replied we all know why Sunak did not want to ask a colleague about tax avoidance. Starmer says failure to sack Zahawi shows “how hopelessly weak he is”.
Does he think this job is too big for him?
Sunak said, when he disagreed with a leader, he resigned.
But Rishi said that Starmer served in Jeremy Corbyn’s cabinet and did not resign. That is weak. Starmer has no principles at all, he claimed.
So Jeremy Corbyn is used again at PMQs as a whipping boy, it’s beyond embarrassing.
Is this spot on?