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British PM May, others flay Boris Johnson for ‘Islamophobic’ remarks

09 August, 2018, 17:30 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Two Muslim women in burkas walking in Bristol

Theresa May has joined other senior Tories calling on him to apologise, describing his words as "wrong".

But a Sky News poll found that 45% of voters thought he should apologise, while 48% thought he should not.

Dominic Grieve has said he'll quit the Conservative party if Boris Johnson becomes leader.

"I don't regard him as a fit and proper person to lead a political party and certainly not the Conservative Party".

Baroness Warsi repeated her calls for an investigation into Islamophobia within the Conservative party in a piece in the Guardian, and noted there had been a 26% rise in hate crimes against Muslims a year ago, according to figures from monitoring group Tell Mama.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner acknowledged that many people have found the comments offensive.

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Seen as a way to burnish his credentials for a future leadership contest in a climate of right-wing headwinds in Europe, Johnson set forth his views on the recent burka ban in Denmark in his column in The Daily Telegraph.

Latin-spouting, tousle-headed Johnson is a former mayor of London and one of Britain's best-known politicians. "People who frankly couldn't care less about the issues that Muslim women face are piling into Boris because Boris said it".

Ms Davidson said: "This wasn't an off-the-cuff slip, he wrote a column, he knew exactly what he was doing and I think it crossed from being provocative and starting a debate and actually it became rude and gratuitous".

"These were offensive comments but clever politics", she said.

"The way she described it, it wasn't just Islamophobic. Can you imagine if a man comes along, and you're wearing a miniskirt, and he pulls it down?"

"I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes". "To normalise the niqab and the burka is also to normalise politics that are anti-choice, anti-LGBT rights and against women's right to be free from oppression", she added.

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