Boris Johnson under fire for ‘hate’ burqa comments


"I am told that I am being blasphemous for questioning the veil, and the extreme Wahhabist narrative which justifies the idea that it is required by Islam".

"I welcome this investigation into Boris but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident". Thanks @krishgm for stepping in before I tried to throw in some Latin to top it off'.

'Collateral damage in his wish to be PM are electors of Uxbridge (where he rarely ventures), Nazanin (whose life he endangered) and now Muslim Women (ever-more vulnerable to hate crime)'.

"It's ridiculous these views are being attacked - we mustn't fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", the source said.

However, Johnson, who is on holiday, has yet to speak publicly about the claims. He then appears to push Angie Bray branded leaflets across her face'.

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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.

He faces claims that he broke the party's code of conduct with the remarks he made in an article for the Daily Telegraph.

Leading Tory Remainers including party chairman Brandon Lewis, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt and Remainer rebel Heidi Allen, also demanded an apology.

The founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Lord Sheikh, has written to Mr Lewis demanding "serious action" and called for Mr Johnson to have the whip withdrawn.

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

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Tory Brexiteers Nadine Dorries and Andrew Bridgen and ex Ukip leader Nigel Farage, have all defended Mr Johnson over the comments.

The MEP accused the former foreign secretary of believing that "the norms and standards of the Conservative party do not apply" to him and complained that party leaders had made "no real attempt to enforce those standards".

Mr Johnson referred to women who wore the veil as "bank robbers" and said they looked like "letter boxes".

Schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student "turns up. looking like a bank robber".

In his column, Johnson said Denmark was wrong to ban the burka, even if it was "oppressive".

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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.