World

Veil of despair at Boris blunder. Burka row lays bare his failings

Veil of despair at Boris blunder. Burka row lays bare his failings

Asked what she made of the language used by the ex-cabinet minister, the commissioner told the BBC Asian Network: "Some people have clearly found it offensive".

Party sources told the Guardian daily that it received dozens of complaints after Johnson, in an article for the Daily Telegraph on Monday, compared women in burqas to "letterboxes" and "bank robbers".

"I think Boris Johnson used language in describing people's appearance that has obviously caused offence".

IF Boris Johnson is the supposed saviour of the Tory party - he's now the activists' favourite to succeed Theresa May - then it does not bode well for the future of the Conservatives or the country at large.

An independent panel will examine the complaints against Johnson.

Johnson also noted that if "a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber", he would request that she remove the burqa if she wanted to speak with him. Such full covering clothing has been already banned in France.

She wrote, "As a feminist, what really disgusts me in this whole episode is that Muslim women are simply political fodder, their lives a convenient battleground on which to stake out a leadership bid".

"I welcome this investigation into Boris but let's not pretend this is an isolated incident".

A statement issued by the group said: "In 2005, Boris Johnson said, "Islam is the problem" and 'Islamophobia is a natural reaction'".

Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi, a former party chairwoman, accused Johnson of adopting the "dog-whistle" tactics of right-wing firebrand Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump's former top aide. Nevertheless we do so because we believe it is a means to get closer to God.

Johnson is known for his bombast, elocution, gaffes and provocative stunts, but even a few fellow Tories said he had gone too far this time.

In his resignation letter, Johnson said the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt", before sharply criticizing May's strategy for a departure from the bloc. "He's completely entitled to say it, and there's nothing to apologize for", said Rees-Mogg, who - like Johnson and Farage - favors a hard and fast Brexit.