Johnson will be probed by party for burqa comments

10 Août, 2018, 19:40 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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"I hope it's dismissed immediately as frivolous and vexatious; if it does go to a full disciplinary panel I think there's a huge question given that Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and Brandon Lewis, the party chairman, have basically already said that Boris shouldn't have said it and should apologise, that they're already pre-determined".

He added: "All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them".

Rowan Atkinson has defended the controversial comments made by Boris Johnson, British politician and current Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

He wrote: 'As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson's joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one'. 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".

In his column he said: "If you tell me that the burqa is oppressive, then I am with you".

"You should really only apologize for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required", he wrote, in a letter to the Times.

Johnson will be probed by party for burqa comments

Commenting on Lord Sheikh's remarks, Mr Mitchell said: "I am horrified to hear about the communications that Lord Sheikh has had".

If Mr Johnson's comments are found to have breached the party code of conduct, he may face a string of punitive measures.

It's not the first time Atkinson has got involved in controversy around free speech.

He explained there was a complaints procedure within the Conservative Party and that the Party had a mechanism for dealing with these issues.

The Tory peer said he had received a wave of abuse since speaking out against Mr Johnson.

Defending Mr Johnson on BBC's Newsnight programme, Tory colleague and fellow MP Andrew Mitchell said: "We believe in free speech in this country; and free speech, by definition, includes the fact that some people will be offended by what we say".

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