JEREMY CORBYN today refused to admit that there is anything good about capitalism – but praised China's communist economy.
Asked to name any good points of the free market, the Labour boss wouldn't come up with any answers.
He suggested the only benefit of capitalism is that it can be challenged by left-wing activists and refused to deny that he wants to see capitalism overthrown completely.
Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Corbyn was challenged on figures which show free markets have lifted 1.2billion people out of poverty.
He replied: "1.2billion have been taken to a slightly higher level than before, 'taken out of poverty' is perhaps slightly generous."
When Mr Marr suggested that China's population had been helped by the country's turn towards capitalism, Mr Corbyn said: "I'm not sure what you define the Chinese economy is – it is very state driven, it is very state organised.
"China has grown massively, its economic growth since 1949 and then after the death of Mao and the Great Leap Forward and so on."
He also criticised the country's human rights record and environmental damage.
Asked point blank if there is anything he likes about capitalism, the Labour boss responded: "Capitalism is a system that has evolved, it's a system that is there.
"Has it got anything right? Well, it does invest – mainly for its own benefit – but it does get challenged."
And when Mr Marr suggested that Mr Corbyn was hoping to end capitalism in Britain, he did not reject the claim, saying only: "What we want to do with a Labour government is deal with the issues as of now."
Later in the interview, the Labour leader was challenged on his dealings with the repressive Iranian regime.
He insisted that when he visited the country, he repeatedly pressed officials on human rights abuses.
And he admitted he'd been paid to appear on the government's propaganda channel Press TV but claimed he stopped after a crackdown on young protesters in 2009.
Corbyn promises we WILL quit EU but won't say what he wants from Brexit
JEREMY CORBYN today insisted he DOES support Britain leaving the EU – but again refused to reveal what Brexit solution he wants.
The Labour boss said he doesn't favour staying in a "reformed" European Union or holding a second referendum on Brexit.
But asked what sort of trade deal he wants with the EU, Mr Corbyn only demanded "a trading relationship with Europe" withut giving more details.
He said: "The principle has to be the trade relationship, and that's what we're focused on, and whatever we need to negotiate, we will."
Although he insisted he'd end the free movement of people, he said he wants European workers to continue to fill skills shortages in the UK.
And he repeated his call for "a form of customs union" with the EU – but ruled out staying in the existing customs union.
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