Brexiteer Boris Johnson has refused to back down from comments he made about the burka giving the appearance of “bank robbers” and “letterboxes”.
There was a predictable lefty outcry when Boris dared to suggest that it was “weird” and “bullying” to “expect women to cover their faces”. The majority of the British public take a firmer view than Boris and want the burka banned completely, something only a quarter of people are against.
Asked about his comments by Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning, Boris said: “I received, having written that piece, overwhelming support not just from Muslims but above all from Muslim women who agreed with me.”
When quizzed as to if he would make the same comments again he responded: “Yes of course I would.”
And hitting back at politically correct hand-wringing, Boris stood firm: “People say ‘oh politicians should be careful what they say and they should watch their words’ all this sort of that mumbo jjumbo. I don’t agree, I don’t agree, I really don’t.”
As for the issue of the burka specifically: “I don’t agree with women being cajoled to wear clothing that obscures their faces.”
When Ferrari asked him about potential offence caused, Boris pointed out that “I offend people by saying Britain should leave the European Union” and that “somebody has to speak up” for the women being suppressed by being forced to wear the burka.
Good to see a politician refusing to cave in to the perpetually outraged brigade.