Michael Gove has said Boris Johnson is “hitting the nail on the head” with a personal attack on Jeremy Corbyn accusing the Labour leader of “onanism”.
The Prime Minister has faced criticism for the term, a biblical word for masturbation, which he is set to use in a jibe at his opponent over Brexit during a speech today.
Warning against the prospect of a Labour government, Mr Johnson is expected to say that the country faces “historic choice”.
“We can honour the wishes of the people, or else we can waste more time, at the cost of a billion pounds per month, and have two more referendums, one on Scotland and one on the EU - an expense of spirit and a waste of shame, more political self-obsession and onanism.”
The remark has been criticised as a “crude” and “pathetic” by Labour sources, but Mr Gove backed his leader, saying “Jeremy Corbyn is manifestly in love with himself”.
“Jeremy Corbyn, if he had the best interests in both the country and the Labour Party at heart, would be standing down,” he told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer.
Mr Gove continued: “The Prime Minister is actually hitting the nail on the head because if we have Jeremy Corbyn as Prime Minister then we’ll have not one referendum but two next year – one again on the European Union and on Scotland’s place in the UK.
“Instead of wasting time in this self-indulgent way, it’s far better to get Brexit done and then to concentrate on all the policy priorities that the country has.”
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