But Ferrari defended the Prime Minister and put a hypothetical situation to the panel, dismissing the shadow home secretary’s ability to take a place in government.
He said: “I don’t think for a second that dog-whistle politics – whatever you want to call it – is over.
Nick Ferrari took a brutal swipe at Diane Abbott in his hypothetical scenario
Politics is the business of personalities
“I think at times you have to be seen to play the man and not the ball for the simple reason of this: Imagine there was, God forbid, another outrage such as Manchester and it was announced that COBRA – ‘unfortunately the PM couldn’t be there, COBRA will be chaired by Diane Abbott’.”
“That’s all you need to say because that again by personalising it I know – but politics is the business of personalities as you know, probably better than any of us around this table.”
He said it was about deciding whether politicians had the “nous” to run the country.
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“That is what you have to do if you’re seeking to lead a country, you have to show that you have the wherewithal, the nous, the skills, the mental faculties to do it all,” he said.
“And I think that pointing out, that in some instances, there are very mixed messages from Mr Corbyn about certain aspects and allegations of some of the friends he’s kept is totally and utterly valid.”
It comes after Theresa May took aim at Ms Abbott during her appearance on the BBC’s Question Time Special on Friday.
She also referred to the Labour politician’s car-crash interview in which she was unable to say how much Labour’s pledge to increase police officer numbers would cost.
She said a Labour government would see “Diane Abbott, who can’t add up, sitting around the cabinet table”.