Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley Johnson, defended his son’s controversial comments on Sunday, describing his remarks as “spot on.”
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he even said he feels his son, who continues to serve as an MP after standing down as foreign minister last month, should have “gone further,” and insisted that his use of “colorful language” was just him exercising his right to free speech.
“Yes, Boris used some colorful language. That's called 'freedom of speech' or it was in my day. But he said what needed to be said. As a matter of fact, I would have liked him to have gone a bit further.”
Social media users are divided, with some agreeing with Stanley and calling for restrictions on face coverings, while others accused him of being racist.
— Daryl (@Daz_Cast) August 13, 2018
— Red North (@RednorthUK) August 12, 2018
— Maurice Fryer (@redcckney) August 12, 2018
Others expressed support of Boris' comments, calling for a burka and niqab ban.
#burka should be banned because it is not suitable attire in our culture and Muslims shud respect that, considering they say they r all about respect. When westerners visit their countries we have NO CHOICE but to respect their laws, it shud be the same for them over here.— Andy Ward (@WidnesWardy) August 9, 2018
Quite so. We are a Western Christian country. There is no ban on Islam but it should not be flaunted and often deliberately to antagonise non Islamic citizens. It could be called Christianphobia. Boris used this in an inflammatory way that has backfired. I vote Labour.— CharlieFarley (@CharlieFarley5) August 9, 2018
Personally, I find face covering uncomfortable, as a parent I would tell my children, remove their hat as it's rude, as is covering their faces. This is Britain, it's just how we are. Be British.— Lee Turner (@DanceVisionUK) August 12, 2018
In his article, the gaffe-prone politician likened Muslims wearing face coverings to “bank robbers” and “letterboxes.”
He has refused to apologize for his remarks, despite Prime Minister Theresa May calling on him to do so and is currently being investigated by the Conservative Party.
A poll by Sky Data carried out last week found almost 60 percent of Brits to be in support of banning the wearing of Burkas in public places and almost 50 percent felt Johnson doesn’t need to apologize for his remarks.