Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Boris Johnson and the debate over burkas | Comment

Boris Johnson and the debate over burkas | Comment

On Monday, Johnson caused controversy by comparing fully veiled Muslim women to "letterboxes" and "bank robbers" in a column for the Daily Telegraph.

Party chairman Brandon Lewis ordered the former foreign secretary to apologise but two days later and Mr Johnson is still maintaining his silence on a holiday break.

Mrs May said: 'I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use.

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.

Taking to Twitter, the Jaanan actress emphasized a woman's right to wear whatever she feels comfortable in.

There was no immediate sign that Johnson planned to back down.

A source close to Mr Johnson said it was "ridiculous" that his views should be under attack.

"We have to call it out".

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In his controversial column, Johnson said he opposed a ban on face-covering veils, but added it was "absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter-boxes".

His remarks drew condemnation from former colleagues.

"I believe women should be able to choose how they dress", said May.

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Forum, Lord Sheikh, has written to Mr Lewis demanding "serious action" and called for Mr Johnson to have the whip withdrawn.

Johnson has been in direct communication with Bannon in recent months, according to media reports.

Karim said that, as a result, "the Conservative party today has to decide whether it will be a genuine one nation political force or an English nationalist movement".

But Johnson received support from some quarters, with Conservative MP Nadine Dorries saying he "did not go far enough".

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 past year, according to figures from monitoring group Tell Mama.

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