Tories should ignore self-appointed Muslim leaders
Boris Johnson’s latest foray into diplomacy displays all the trademark skills that made his short tenure as foreign secretary such a disaster. In a newspaper article, Johnson said Muslim women who wear burkas “look like letter boxes”. He didn’t think Britain should ban the veils in public places, as Denmark has done, but said they were “absolutely ridiculous”.
Some dismiss Johnson as a buffoon but that’s a mistake. He is a cynical political opportunist who knows exactly how his remarks will go down with the Tory grassroots.
What should give pause for thought is the reaction from his self-appointed Muslim critics. They claim Johnson’s views are further evidence of the Tories’ wider “Islamophobia” and that the party must lance this boil by launching a formal inquiry.
Despite everything that has unfolded — all the chaos, all the gaffes — since Boris Johnson first came to public prominence almost two decades ago, the former foreign secretary’s critics still labour under a delusion. They assume mistakenly that Boris plans things; that despite all the evidence his outrages are the product of a highly…
The Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has joined the chorus of senior Tory politicians calling for Boris Johnson to say sorry for his “gratuitously offensive” comments about women wearing the burka. Mr Johnson faces mounting pressure to apologise for comparing women wearing burkas to…
Boris Johnson faces growing criticism over burka jibe
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is facing growing criticism over his remark that Muslim women wearing the burka “look like letter boxes”.
Dominic Grieve, the ex-attorney general, said he would quit the party if Mr Johnson became leader.
Ex-Tory chairwoman Baroness Warsi said his remarks could trigger a rise in hate crime.
Senior Tories have urged him to apologise but Mr Johnson has not done so, and has stood by his comments.
Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to apologise for burka comments
Former foreign secretary Mr Johnson has caused outrage with a newspaper article comparing women in the face-covering veils to bank robbers, with Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis ordering him to apologise for the remarks.
Boris Johnson could face disciplinary action over his burqa insults as Tory fury escalates
The shameless MP faces demands to be suspended after he refused to apologise for comparing veil-wearing women to “bank robbers” and “letter boxes”
A top Tory has suggested Boris Johnson could face disciplinary action as his own party turns on him in fury at his burqa claims.
The shameless MP faces demands to be suspended after comparing veil-wearing women to “bank robbers” and “letter boxes”.
As a chorus of condemnation erupted – and Theresa May told him to apologise – this morning a source close to Mr Johnson reiterated he would not say sorry.
Boris Johnson’s Islamophobic taunts are no accident
SNEERING that a woman wearing a burqa looks like a letter box or a bank robber wasn’t a slip of the tongue by Boris Johnson.
This provocative slur represented a steely-eyed calculation that it would bring him the double benefit of keeping him in the headlines, despite his resignation as foreign secretary, and of sending a dog-whistle message to Tory Party Islamophobes that he’ll be their man when the time comes for Theresa May to go.
Equally calculated has been his dogged refusal to apologise in response to anger from within Britain’s Muslim communities, who recognise opportunist cultural oppression when they see it.
Boris Johnson burka row: Tories should ditch MP, peer says
Boris Johnson should be kicked out of the Conservative Party for his remarks about the burka, a Muslim peer says.
Conservative Muslim Forum founder Lord Sheikh told BBC Newsnight demands from the PM for an apology were not enough.
He has called for Mr Johnson to have the whip removed – meaning the MP would no longer represent the Tory party.
Mr Johnson said Muslim women wearing burkas “look like letter boxes” and compared them to “bank robbers”. A source said he stood by the comments.
Boris Johnson urged by Theresa May to apologise for burka ‘letterbox’ remark
Theresa May has led calls for Boris Johnson to apologise after he compared Muslim women in face-covering veils to bank robbers.
Mr Johnson caused anger with an article in which he said that women in burkas looked like letterboxes. Brandon Lewis, the Tory chairman, also told him to say sorry and the former foreign secretary was accused of bigotry by Baroness Warsi, the Muslim Tory peer. Lord Sheikh, founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, went further to call for Mr Johnson to have the whip withdrawn.