UK Conservatives To Investigate Boris Johnson Comparison Of Burqua Wearing Woman To Bank-Robbers

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Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is facing a Conservative Party investigation over a column comparing women who wear face-covering veils to mailboxes and bank robbers.

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. Possible penalties include expulsion from the party.

The party confirmed it had received complaints but declined to give details Thursday, saying that the process is confidential.

The Conservative code of conduct says members should “lead by example to encourage and foster respect and tolerance.”

Johnson, who quit the government last month in a dispute over Brexit, wrote in the Daily Telegraph this week that it was “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.” He said he opposed banning burqas and other face-covering garments worn by some Muslim women, but referred to a woman wearing the attire as “looking like a bank robber.”

Johnson’s comments were criticized by Muslim groups and politicians including Prime Minister Theresa May, who urged Johnson to apologize. He has not said sorry.

Tousle-headed Johnson is one of Britain’s best-known politicians, a popular but divisive figure known for Latin quips and verbal blunders that have included calling Papua New Guineans cannibals and accusing people in Liverpool of “wallowing” in victimhood.

Critics claim Johnson is using the burqa comments to boost his appeal among right-wing members of the party. Many expect May to face a leadership challenge soon if faltering Brexit negotiations with the European Union don’t improve — and Johnson is likely to be a contender to replace her.

He is popular with the pro-Brexit wing of the Conservative Party, which is deeply divided over its attitude to the EU. His Brexiteer credentials were bolstered when he resigned as foreign secretary in July, accusing May of killing “the Brexit dream” with her plan to seek close economic ties with the bloc after Brexit next year.

(AP)




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  1. Just out of interest: is the thing (I suppose its a woman) on the left also facing forward and looking out through the stitches? I just hope it doesn’t drive!
    The creator in his infinate wisdom made sure that the face is the only organ that is instantly recognisable by each face being different from another – its really genius. Its called identity. Reason being so we recognise each other, communicate with each other and keep our loved ones safe and protected.
    In normal civilisations its not a danger for females to show their face, smile and say thank you. But in countries where the males are so dominant that they can kill their own daughters for having a boyfriend and the respect for females ends when the service of their desire is not kept up, anybody would want to costume them in a mailbox to keep them safe from rogue eyes.
    Unfortuately the UK is no different for these people. There is a significant ‘old school’ population that still sees marraige as a service for the male. Many marry in Pakistan and bring back wives that they paid her family for, illiterate and at his mercy. The way to protect these girls is to but a garbage bag over them so they are not seen and can hardly see – never mind speak or otherwise socialise.