Atkinson: Boris burka letterbox joke was funny, no apology required

National treasure Rowan Atkinson has stood up for free speech and backed Boris Johnson’s right to criticise the burka, saying: “I do think that Boris Johnson’s joke about wearers of the burka resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one.”

In a letter written to The Times, Atkinson described himself “as a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion” described it as “a joke that, whether Mr. Johnson apologises for it or not, will stay in the public consciousness for some time to come”.

The Mr. Bean, Blackadder and Johnny English star pointed out that: “All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them.

“You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.”

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A dose of common sense from a comedy star, in stark contrast to the obscene politically correct furore we’ve seen amongst sections of the establishment.