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

Clay Curtis
August 9, 2018

Johnson has yet to comment on the row triggered by his Daily Telegraph column on Monday - but has show no sign of backing down.

The former Foreign Secretary's supporters countered that his enemies were plotting against him in an attempt to scupper his hopes of succeeding Theresa May.

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 Conservatives were gripped by in-fighting last night as prominent party figures warned that they would walk out of the party if Boris Johnson ever became Prime Minister.

She said: 'It's this thing about not taking things seriously, you know, like the old Boris of old: "Oh sorry, I've just s***ged your wife, didn't realise", that kind of thing'.

Founder and president of the Conservative Muslim Forum Lord Sheikh told the BBC the party should take "severe action" against Mr Johnson.

A source close to Johnson said, "We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues".

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The Conservative Party's chairman, Brandon Lewis, has called on Mr Johnson to apologise for the comments.

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

But today a prominent imam spoke out in support of Mr Johnson.

The burka is a full face covering that is associated with a conservative interpretation of Islam.

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, also tore into him for "gratuitously offensive" comments claiming women in burkas looked like letterboxes and bank robbers.

Mr Johnson branded the burka "oppressive" and said it is "weird and bullying to expect people to cover their faces".

Johnson said he opposed banning burqas and other face-covering garments, but wrote that it was "absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes".

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