Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson over burka comments

10 August, 2018, 03:18 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments

Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson reportedly faces a Conservative Party investigation after refusing to apologise for ridiculing women who wear the niqab as looking like "letter boxes" and "bank robbers".

Anti-hate crime groups said the comments by Johnson, who resigned last month, would encourage Islamophobic and sexist abuse at a time when attacks were already on the rise. The Evening Standard reports that sources close to the proceedings said there was a "considerable volume" of complaints made by the public over Johnson's use of language.

Mr Johnson is to face an investigation by an independent panel after complaints that his comments breached the Conservative Party's code of conduct.

In the column, Johnson said that Denmark's burqa ban was wrong despite the garment being oppressive to women.

A top Conservative known for flamboyant phrasing and eccentric stunts, Johnson is facing an internal Conservative investigation over his remarks, which have reignited a debate over religious facial coverings and split his party.

A spokesperson the party said, "The code of conduct process is strictly confidential".

'And some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance obviously have offended.

A majority of adults in the United Kingdom do not believe Boris Johnson's comments describing women who wear burkas as looking like "letter boxes" and "bank robbers" are racist, a poll has suggested.

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Sahar al-Faifi, who has covered her face since she was 14, said that negative rhetoric is making Muslim women feel "unsafe".

He's been accused by critics of inflaming Islamophobia and senior figures in the party, including chairman Brandon Lewis, said he should apologise.

Ms Faifi, who wears niqab, a veil which leaves the eyes uncovered, said she could "empathise" with people who find it hard to connect with women whose full faces they cannot see.

Mr Johnson, who is holidaying overseas, has made no response to demands for an apology.

Some suspected Johnson's burqa comments were meant to boost his appeal among right-wing members of the party.

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

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

"With everything else going on in London to be diverting resources into an even cursory investigation into an article is freakish", Mr Burns said according to The Telegraph.

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