Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Boris Johnson compares women wearing burkas to letter boxes and bank robbers

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson listens during a visit to a Metropolitan Police wildlife crime unit in London Britain Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson listens during a visit to a Metropolitan Police wildlife crime unit in London Thomson Reuters
Pablo Mccormick | 09 August, 2018, 06:41

She said: "I'd like to report Boris Johnson for refusing a service to someone based on at least two of the protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act, 2010".

But Johnson said he was opposed to a blanket ban on face coverings such as the one that's been adopted in Denmark.

Johnson, who quit his ministerial position in July, due to his dissatisfaction at what he sees as PM Theresa May's "soft brexit" approach, made his comments in his latest Telegraph column which focused on Denmark's recent decision to impose a full-face veil ban for those of the Islamic faith.

He then claimed: "It is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes".

He said: "The way he goes on for sentence after sentence, nearly half his article, slagging off women who wear a niqab and a burka in very derogatory language was deplorable".

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"Mr Johnson's comments also underscore the Muslim Council of Britain's call for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party".

"If you tell me that the burka (burqa) is oppressive, then I am with you I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes", he wrote.

He said that if a constituent came to his office with with her face obscured "I should feel fully entitled - like Jack Straw - to ask her to remove it so that I could talk to her properly".

Former UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson has described Muslim women wearing burqas as looking like "letterboxes" and "bank robbers", during comments on Monday.

'You risk turning people into martyrs, and you risk a general crackdown on any public symbols of religious affiliation, and you may simply make the problem worse'. I don't propose we follow suit.

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Just recently, the Britain's former foreign secretary Boris Johnson came out against calls for a ban on face-covering veils but at the same time said Muslim women wearing burkas "look like letter boxes" or bank robbers.

Labour MP Stella Creasy said voters in a potential Conservative leadership contest should note that Mr Johnson appeared to be positioning himself as a figure in the mould of U.S. right-winger and former Trump aide Steve Bannon.

David Lammy, a Labour member of parliament, described Johnson as a "pound-shop Donald Trump" who was "fanning the flames of Islamophobia to propel his own grubby electoral ambitions". "Deeply disappointing that (the) Telegraph platforms this disgusting language".

She warned he was in danger of "going full Morrissey", in reference to the singer who has been mired in controversy over comments on immigration, and said her advice to Mr Johnson was that "being a buffoon, not being a racist and misogynist, (is) more British".

A spokesperson for Prime Minister May refused to condemn Johnson's actions, and would only add: "We do not support a ban".

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The Commission is an independent statutory body with the responsibility to encourage and enforce equality and diversity legislation based on protected characteristics, such as age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

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