The former foreign secretary said the Labour leader’s “nihilistic determination to hike taxes” inspired by Venezuela, poses a “real threat” to the future prosperity of the country. Mr Johnson pointing to his eight years as Mayor of London, said: “I know the London Labour left. I have studied them in their ways. “I know their obsessions with strange far-left Latin American caudillos with proto-Marxists views and a curious hostility to free speech.” Mr Johnson who recently announced his flagship economy policy for those earning up to £80,000, said Mr Corbyn’s ideology was an attack on wealth creation and insisted he would “fight” to stop it.
In the central London event, Mr Johnson also condemned Labour’s failure to tackle anti-semitism.
He added: “In Jeremy Corbyn we have a man who is far to the left of Ken Livingstone in his nihilistic determination to hike taxes to penal rates and attack wealth creation and private property and in his failure again and again to extricate anti-semitism.
“I’m afraid what he stands for is a real threat to our fundamental values and our way of life.
“I come to this fight as a proud Conservative and I believe in the innate decency in our country.”
Mr Johnson lived up to his frontrunner status as his passionate rally was watched on by several high profile Tories, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, Priti Patel and Iain Duncan Smith.
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox gave Mr Johnson a rockstar welcome and stated the country needs someone with a “personality big enough, strong enough and with imagination to rise to the historic challenge”.
On Brexit, Mr Johnson said it is not his intention to leave the European Union without a deal but it os only responsible to plan for that scenario.
He also dismissed a parliament coup to prevent no deal happening, warning MPs “will face mortal retribution from the electorate.”
According to Sky News data Mr Johnson has an overwhelming lead in the leadership contest, and has so far commanded the support of 74 MPs, 42 more than his closest rival Jeremy Hunt.
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