Zac Goldsmith's Twitter Q&A went terribly


Sadiq Khan recently did a Twitter Q&A that wasn't as terrible as they usually are. Zac Goldsmith can't say the same.

Sure, if you take a look at #AskSadiq now there are a few Islamophobic questions, as well as ones that went unanswered on the London mayoral candidate's links to property developers - and the by now standard "duck-sized X or X-sized duck" also made a few appearances, but the majority seemed to be sensible questions.

However, given the furore surrounding David Cameron at the minute and questions being asked about his late father's offshore tax fund, as well as the Prime Minister's own involvement in it, most questions fielded to Goldsmith were always going to be loosely related to that.

Conservative mayoral candidate, Zac Goldsmith campaigning in the Portobello Road area of Notting Hill
(Stefan Rousseau/PA)

One of the questions interviewers have been asking Zac throughout his campaign is whether his wealthy background impedes his chances of success. There were certainly a lot of questions targeting it.

Privilege can be a beautiful thing.

Apparently, but unsurprisingly, Londoners don't seem to see him as one of them.

Before long the tax avoidance questions were flooding in. Goldsmith held non-dom status in the UK until 2010, which he inherited from his billionaire father, meaning he had to pay tax on UK earnings but didn't have to pay anything on foreign income.

After a grilling on Newsnight, Goldsmith said he'd publish his tax return.

But that didn't stop accusations about an offshore account, "which he holds wealth and property in", according to Labour MP Neil Coyle.

People were wondering whether Zac's intention was to maintain the status quo, in more ways than one.

Maintaining the status quo would include allowing luxury apartments, which end up sitting empty, popping up here, there and everywhere.

Other people took issue with Goldsmith's stance on cuts to services for disabled people. The multi-millionaire voted for the £30-a-week cut to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), and has defended his position in interviews multiple times since.

His own wealth, rightly or wrongly, plays a strong part in the argument in some people's mind.

Another issue that was raised included the Goldsmith campaign's targeting of Asian communities with lazy stereotypes. One author on Media Diversified described the leaflets, along with other appeals made by Goldsmith, as "trying to exploit the deep hurt between Indians and Pakistanis".

And, of course, given that this was a Q&A taking place on Twitter, there were a bunch of random and often funny questions asked.

But Goldsmith did prove he has jokes of his own, giving this answer to the question: "What's your favourite dinosaur?"