UK PM May scolds Johnson for burqa remark after outcry

Larry Hoffman
August 11, 2018

Pressure is mounting on the former Mayor of London, after PM Theresa May said is comments had called offence, and called on him to apologise.

"I think that 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", the Scots Tory leader said.

The party has received complaints that the comments breach its code of conduct, and under Conservative rules they must be investigated by an independent panel.

If the independent panel finds him culpable, Johnson faces suspension of his membership or expulsion from the party.

Johnson asserted that schools should be entitled to tell students to remove a veil if one "turns up ... looking like a bank robber".

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.

However, he argued against imposing a ban on face-covering veils in public places, saying that Denmark's recent introduction of fines for wearing the burka or niqab in the streets was "a bit extreme". She said she welcomed an investigation, "but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident".

The Tories have been accused of being majorly out of touch with the British people. "People do not want a vision of our country thrust down their throat either by me, by Boris or by anybody else".

"We work closely with Police Scotland to prevent incidents such as the ones mentioned". He has not said sorry. "He's completely entitled to say it, and there's nothing to apologize for", said Rees-Mogg, who - like Johnson and Farage - favors a hard and fast Brexit.

Analysts believe that the likely response may related to the fact that Boris Johnson is the main rival of Teresa in the struggle for leadership of the conservative party.

'Johnson did not go far enough. "If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we're simply yielding ground to reactionaries & extremists".

Johnson, who is now on holiday, has refused to apologize for his controversial descriptions despite calls to do so by the Tory party hierarchy.

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