Monday, 20 August, 2018

'Almost flawless visual simile': Rowan Atkinson defends Boris Johnson in burqa row

Who’s really racist- Boris or his critics Islam Who’s really racist – Boris or his critics
Patty Aguilar | 12 August, 2018, 21:42

It has prompted a furious backlash from Tory MPs who accused Brandon Lewis, the chairman of the Conservative Party, of mounting a "witch hunt" and attempting to "kneecap" Mr Johnson.

"The code of conduct process is strictly confidential", a Conservative party spokesperson said, refusing to elaborate on the procedure.

Senior Conservative figures attacked the prime minister after the party confirmed that following a series of complaints, Mr Johnson is to face a full investigation.

Johnson also won support from an unlikely source when comedian Rowan Atkinson waded into the furore.

"I think it's a very dark day for our democracy and free speech and I'm deeply anxious that this policy is being adopted by the Conservative Party, if we're not the party of free speech, then who is?"

The Blackadder and Mr Bean star, who has previously made free speech interventions, said the former Cabinet minister had made a "pretty good" joke when he suggested women wearing face-veils looked like letterboxes, and insisted it was pointless to apologise for joking about religion as it always causes offence.

"You should really only apologize for a bad joke".

Boris was referring to plans to introduce a burka ban in Denmark when he made the remarks - which have sparked anger in some quarters. "On that basis, no apology is required", he wrote, in a letter to the Times.

Djokovic beats Polanskyn at Rogers Cup, Del Potro withdraws
Teenaged prodigy Shapovalov eliminated Italian 14th seed Fabio Fognini victor last weekend in Los Cabos, 6-3, 7-5. But the Canadian wilted after that, losing serve twice in the third set to knock him out of the tournament.

State of emergency declared in Charlottesville for ‘Unite the Right’ anniversary
Speaking to press in the days that followed, Trump stated , "You have people who are very fine people on both sides". Northam declared a state of emergency in advance, allowing Charlottesville to have a heavy police presence.

Indian envoy meets Imran Khan, gifts bat signed by Indian team
John Hoover said that the United States wants to strengthen the relationship with Pakistan . The US Ambassador congratulated Imran Khan over the victory of his party in elections 2018.

Mr Johnson, who is holidaying overseas, has so far made no response to the launch of the Tory investigation.

The complaints against Mr Johnson, which are now being assessed by an "investigating officer", may be dismissed if they are deemed "trivial".

A hundred Muslim women who wear the niqab or burka have signed a letter to Lewis, calling on him to withdraw the Conservative whip from Johnson and launch an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.

Labour, which has faced continued pressure over its handling of anti-Semitism in the party, fell three points to 35%.

Johnson's comments were criticised by Muslim groups and politicians including Prime Minister Theresa May, who urged Johnson to apologise.

But with anger from the Brexit wing of the party over even starting the process, party headquarters confirmed that Mr Lewis - who has already criticised Mr Johnson's comments - would not pick the panel.

- YouGov interviewed 1,675 adults in Britain on August 8 and 9.

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