Monday, 19 November, 2018


Boris Johnson under mounting pressure to apologize for controversial burqa comments

Boris Johnson under mounting pressure to apologize for controversial burqa comments Boris Johnson under mounting pressure to apologize for controversial burqa comments
Bennie Garza | 09 August, 2018, 14:26

Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis said in a tweet that he had asked Johnson to apologize.

However, Taj Hargey, Imam at Oxford Islamic Congregation, said Mr Johnson "should not apologise for telling the truth", adding that his comments did not go far enough.

Taking jibe at burqa, Johnson on Sunday mocked women who wear the full-body veil "look like letter boxes" and compared them to "bank robbers". "And some of the terms Boris used describing people's appearance obviously have offended", the prime minister said.

A string of other Conservatives have queued up to criticise Johnson, with Theresa May saying he used the wrong language and Lord Sheikh calling for the whip to be withdrawn.

"If a woman wants to wear a short dress, it is her right and freedom to do so".

There was no immediate sign that Johnson planned to back down.

The comments came as the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, said Johnson's remarks about Muslim women wearing the burqa would not "reach the bar" for a criminal offence.

They said: "We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard subjects. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists".

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.

Some suspected Johnson's burka comments were meant to boost his appeal among right-wing members of the party.

"It's not the job of the Prime Minister to tell backbenchers what to do".

Johnson also received support from Qanta Ahmed, a prominent British Muslim woman doctor and writer, who wrote that she was "fully supportive of Boris Johnson's rejection of the niqab".

Recommended

loading...
...

Arsenal near deal to sell Lucas Perez to West Ham Arsenal near deal to sell Lucas Perez to West Ham Sanchez spent second half of last season on loan at Espanyol and his contract with Fiorentina expires at the end of next season. West Ham are close to agreeing a deal to sign striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal , according to Sky sources.

Over 500 hikers rescued on Bali's Lombok Over 500 hikers rescued on Bali's Lombok Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency recorded more than 270 aftershocks, damaging more than 1,400 homes on the island. While property damage is still being surveyed, thousands are believed to have been rendered homeless.

Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia quake Death toll jumps to 347 in 6.9 Indonesia quake Indonesia , which sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, is regularly hit by earthquakes. Thousands of people have been sleeping in makeshift shelters or out in the open.

Xiaomi Mi A2 launched in India for Rs 16,999 Xiaomi Mi A2 launched in India for Rs 16,999 Xiaomi Mi A2 features the same 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro have. Redmi 5A will go on sale today in India via Flipkart and Mi.com - though at different times in the date.

Two hurt as Israel hits Gaza targets over ‘arson balloons’ Two hurt as Israel hits Gaza targets over ‘arson balloons’ Israel and Hamas came close to serious conflict recently when months of border violence escalated. At least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began.

Israel hits Gaza after Palestinian rockets target Israel Israel hits Gaza after Palestinian rockets target Israel A video has been circulating on social media that captures the terror that Israelis endure when Hamas launches rockets at them. Earlier this week two of its militants were killed after Israel shelled a Hamas border post in northern Gaza .

Chase Elliot gets first at Watkins Glen Chase Elliot gets first at Watkins Glen Chase Elliott , who topped the first round of qualifying, will start third in the No. 9 Chevy, followed by Truex and Kyle Larson . Elliott pulled out to a half-second lead while Truex was fighting to get back to the front after a restart mired him in 12th.

Batista Threatens To Quit Guardians Of The Galaxy Franchise Batista Threatens To Quit Guardians Of The Galaxy Franchise Gunn is still technically on contract with Disney and won't be free to look elsewhere until exit negotiators are finished. Earlier this year, director James Gunn revealed that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would be released in 2020.

US to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack US to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack The former Russian double agent and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench in the town of Salisbury, England, on March 4. While criticized as too keen to strike up a friendship with Putin, Trump maintains that he's been tough on Moscow.

PUBG Opens A Website Called "Fix PUBG" PUBG Opens A Website Called Bugs, performance problems, and quality-of-life issues have been limiting PUBG's true potential, and you want it fixed. Fans know it and developer PUBG Corp. know it, and now they're finally starting to do something about it.

Liverpool are Man City’s bogey team, says Kyle Walker Liverpool are Man City’s bogey team, says Kyle Walker United's record goalscorer said: "I think it will be hard after the season they had a year ago ". Liverpool certainly appear to have Man City's number.

General Overview of Cisco CCNA R&S Questions and Answers In addition to this, they will also build their skills and knowledge levels required to implement WLAN in a small/medium network. At the end of the course, they will also be able to resolve regular issues with EIGRP, STP, and OSPF in IPv4 and IPv6 networks.

Irish masters Elliott and Mullins set for three-pronged attacks in Grand National Irish masters Elliott and Mullins set for three-pronged attacks in Grand National As for Elliott, his Grand National trio this year are headed by three-time Cheltenham Festival winner Tiger Roll . The 2018 renewal has a typically wide-open feel and that’s certainly evident from a betting perspective.

How to Choose the Best Tennis Racket How to Choose the Best Tennis Racket It’s worth familiarising yourself with these categories, as it makes it easier to predict how any given racket will respond. By being less taught and more elastic, you can benefit from a better feel for the ball, and as a result, more power over it.

List of the Best Fitness Trackers for 2018 List of the Best Fitness Trackers for 2018 Although it is a bit expensive, it makes your experience really enjoyable by giving you access to music and also GPS navigation. Huawei Band 2 Pro is one of the best low-budget devices that offers you all the functions you need for under 60 Euros.