Boris Johnson Will Be Taking Burka Comment Criticism In His Stride

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 12, 2018

He warned that Mrs May was setting up a "show trial" to prevent the former Foreign Secretary becoming Conservative Party leader and that she was principally motivated by "envy" of the "potential" Mr Johnson has.

Writing in a column for the Telegraph, Rees Mogg said it was "hard to see" how Johnson had breached the party code when he wrote that women who wore the restrictive headware looked like "letter boxes" and "bank robbers".

He made no comment to waiting reporters as he returned home from a holiday overseas on Saturday, but is expected to break his silence in his next Telegraph column on Monday.

The complaints will be looked at by an independent panel which could refer Mr Johnson to the party's board - it has the power to expel him.

In a Twitter post, he wrote: "The rottenness of Boris Johnson goes deeper even than his casual racism and his equally casual courting of fascism".

"He will advocate literally anything to play to the crowd of the moment".

A Conservative peer has launched a blistering attack on Boris Johnson, branding his career a "saga of moral emptiness". Papers such as the Daily Mail and Telegraph have reported receiving a deluge of letters from readers with the majority supporting the stand made by Boris.

In his column, Rees-Mogg claimed senior Tories have criticised Johnson because they are envious of his "many successes, popularity with voters and charisma".

"Could it be that there is a nervousness that a once and probably future leadership contender is becoming too popular and needs to be stopped?".

'This may explain the attempt to use the Conservative Party's disciplinary procedures, but it has been handled so ham-fistedly that it brings only sympathy and support for Mr Johnson'.

The Tory backbencher and fellow Brexiteer said Theresa May's "personal rivalry" with the former Foreign Secretary was taking "the heat off Labour", who are in the midst of a row about anti-Semitism.

"Attacking Boris merely helps the opposition". It is time for good sense to assert itself, free speech to be encouraged and as the summer rain falls for hot-headed action to be cooled down.

Under party rules, the head of the panel may dismiss the complaints if they are found to be obviously trivial, lacking in merit or unable to be fairly investigated.

Mr Johnson is on holiday overseas and is yet to respond to the reaction to his article.

But there have also been suggestions that he could be ordered to attend a diversity training course.

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