Senior Conservative Brexiteer John Redwood has launched a startling defence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson over accusations of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.
In an interview on talkRADIO this morning, Redwood was faced with the claim that Johnson has made a variety of racist slurs during his career, including calling Muslim women who wear the burka “letterboxes,” while comparing them to “bank robbers”.
However, in a typically tone-deaf response, Redwood said that the Prime Minister’s comments about Muslim women were “not racist in any way”.
“The article about women’s dress was actually a passionate defence of the right of women to dress as they see fit,” he claimed.
Not happy to settle there, however, Redwood carried on to suggest that accusations of racism against Johnson were baseless “lies” designed to discredit the PM.
For Redwood’s future reference, Boris Johnson has also:
- Called Africans “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.
- Said he believed it was only “natural” for the public to be scared of Islam.
- Questioned the loyalty of British Muslims and insisted that the country must accept that “Islam is the problem.”
Not exactly the record of a staunch anti-racist.