Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Boris Johnson under mounting pressure to apologize for controversial burqa comments

Boris Johnson under mounting pressure to apologize for controversial burqa comments

Sky customers were, oddly, more split on the question of whether Johnson should say sorry for his comments, but a plurality were of the view that no apology was due - 48 percent to 45 percent.

Star anchor Kay Burley compared being uncomfortable with the burqa to being "offended" by the burned face of Falklands War hero Simon Weston, and another presenter observed that "unfortunately" many people agreed with the former foreign secretary while interviewing a Muslim politician.

Speaking on the BBC's World At One, the MP for Beaconsfield said: "If he was to become leader of the party, I won't be in it. In the latter there is no room for diversity and that is where Boris, Farage and others are dragging the party".

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 should not have used it", May said.


Former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson sparked a row over Islamophobia by describing Muslim women wearing burqas as "ridiculous" and "weird". It promises that complaints will be investigated "in a timely and confidential manner". It was the wrong language to use.

"If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree - and I would add that I can find no scriptural authority for the practice in the Koran".

Karim said that "Boris is playing to the gallery that exists at the right of the party" and by refusing to apologise was "positioning himself as the great defender of the right some believe they have to say whatever they like with no regard of consequences for others".

She said: "I know that many people have found this offensive".

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