Sunday, 21 October, 2018

'Almost ideal visual simile': Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson in burqa row

Boris Johnson burka row Boris Johnson burka row Nigel Farage has lent his support to the former Foreign Minister
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Atkinson, best known for his portrayal of the bumbling "Mr Bean" and the cunning 'Blackadder, ' weighed in on the debate by writing a letter to the Times saying: "All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologizing for them".

"You should really only apologize for a bad joke".

"You may not agree with the tone or the jokes, but we have a thing called freedom of speech in this country", Duncan Smith told the BBC's Today programme.

The MP voiced unhappiness that Johnson had been referred to the party's internal disciplinary process on Thursday, and argued that the former foreign secretary had a right to free speech, even if people took offence at his remarks. "On that basis, no apology is required", he wrote, in a letter to the Times.

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"This is quite an important issue about free speech and it's got nothing to do with the awful events that take place over Enoch Powell and the Rivers of Blood speech".

Condemnation of the comments also came from the Chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council Jonathan Goldstein, who took to Twitter, posting: "Boris Johnson's comments totally disgraceful".

The research found that 39% of the public would vote Tory, an increase of one point on the previous week when both parties were level.

"Unfortunately under the new code of conduct, if a formal complaint is lodged - and I believe that reports say Lord Sheikh, a Conservative peer, has lodged a formal complaint - it has to be investigated".

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And sources close to the Uxbridge MP made clear earlier this week that he stands by the article on Monday, in which he argued against a burka ban, but said that the garment was "oppressive" and "ridiculous".

Senior Tory figures told The Daily Telegraph that they do not expect Mr Johnson to be suspended or have the whip withdrawn.

Some things are as certain as night following day or Jeff Stelling getting over-excited about a fairly innocuous footballing incident - and sure enough, Boris Johnson sparked outrage this week.

The complaints against Mr Johnson, which are now being assessed by an "investigating officer", may be dismissed if they are deemed "trivial".

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- YouGov interviewed 1,675 adults in Britain on August 8 and 9.

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