Boris Johnson: burqa wearers look like bank robbers, letter boxes

Boris Johnson: burqa wearers look like bank robbers, letter boxes, by AP.

Mr Johnson … said he opposed banning burqas and other face covering garments but felt it was “absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.” …

Britain Prime Minister Theresa May has joined calls for her former Foreign Secretary to apologise for the remarks, made in a newspaper column earlier this week. …

Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis said in a tweet that he had asked Mr Johnson to apologise. …

However Mr Johnson, who has a reputation for controversy and political gaffes, refused to back down.

Well the similarity is obvious, isn’t it? The news here is who said it and why.

Philip:

The Burka remark by Boris was deliberate and intended to rally to his side those whose votes he will need.

I doubt that it was a throw-away line. It was a line in the sand.

Bob:

Mrs May and Johnson are on a collision course over his remarks on burqas, so maybe the days of her being in charge are finally numbered.

hat-tip Stephen Neil, Philip Barton, Bob