Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Boris Johnson Says Women Wearing Burqa Look Like ‘Letter Boxes’

Boris Johnson Says Women Wearing Burqa Look Like ‘Letter Boxes’

Many remarked on Twitter that Johnson has been in contact with Steve Bannon, former campaign manager for US President Donald Trump, and accused him of "pandering to the far-right" amid speculation over a future leadership contest within the Conservative Party.

Fellow Labour MP Jess Phillips also wrote a message to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on Twitter.

The group said that the government had shown "little action" to tackle anti-Muslim hate and repeated its call for an inquiry into Islamophobia within the Conservative Party.

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". "I find it deplorable he chose to write such an article", he said.

"Any community hit by terrorism should see meaningful engagement from the Government", said Mr Mahmoud.

Writing in the Evening Standard newspaper on Monday, a London imam who was hailed as a hero a year ago for his actions during a vehicle-ramming attack near Finsbury Park mosque said that the Conservatives were "in denial" about Islamophobia.

His comments prompted Muslim groups in the United Kingdom to renew calls for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

Denmark is the fifth European Union nation to ban the niqab and burka in public.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson said he felt "fully entitled" to expect women to remove face coverings when talking to him at his MP's surgery, and said schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student "turns up. looking like a bank robber".

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He said: "I am against a total ban because it is inevitably construed - rightly or wrongly - as being meant to make some point about Islam".

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

And employers should be able to "enforce" dress codes.

But added: "Such restrictions are not quite the same as telling a free-born adult woman what she may or may not wear, in a public place, when she is simply minding her own business".

"If you go for a total ban, you play into the hands of those who want to politicize and dramatize the so-called clash of civilizations; and you fan the flames of grievance.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", said the MP.

His comments, in response to Denmark's introduction of ban on burkas in public places, sparked an angry response from Muslim organisations and MPs, who accused him of stoking Islamophobia for political gain.

Former British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson has added to his long list of offensive comments by describing women who wear the niqab as "letter boxes" and compared those that adorn the burqa to a "bank robber".

'Our pound-shop Donald Trump is fanning the flames of Islamophobia to propel his grubby electoral ambitions'.

The former Foreign Secretary (pictured in London last month) mocked the Muslim head veils in his weekly newspaper column - and branded the coverings "oppressive".

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