This interview by Andrew Neil of Nadhim Zahawi at 7pm on 6th November on BBC2 is available here to anyone with a TV licence. Watching the piece from 8minutes into the programme is fascinating. In it the man who is described as the Business Minister is challenged over the incompetence or worse of Jacob Rees Mogg, Alun Cairns, Andrew Brigden and Boris Johnson over his comparison between Jeremy Corbyn and Joseph Stalin. Neil unpacks the difference between someone who wants to increase taxes for the most wealthy people in our nation and a man who killed and transported many millions of people in his nation. Zahawi sets out to defend Johnson after agreeing that the others were incompetent. The argument he makes is that if we challenge people who own lots of properties, this is the slippery slope towards killing millions of people. He also claims that entrepreneurs are being attacked which is not true, although of course any whose income rises above £85k will have to pay a bit more in tax if Labour do win the election. However this is some distance from those people being placed under threat.
The housing issue re-emerges when Mr Zahawi tries to explain how a promise made by the current Government in its 2015 manifesto of 200,000 homes for first time buyers to be built has not actually happened. He seems to suggest it is a pedantic issue which of course will be of great comfort for the many thousands of people who are waiting to buy their first homes, when the same man is willing to defend the people who own a number of homes. What did not emerge in the interview is that back in August Nadhim Zahawi was announced as the latest Construction Minister (the 17th since 2001 and 3rd since the beginning of this year). It was clear in August that the Construction Industry wanted him to grapple with these issues and it would appear from his interview that he has not really taken on the matter very seriously.