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    About as suitable to be PM as he was Foreign Secretary twitter.com/thetimes/statu…

    The Times of London @thetimes
    Boris Johnson has been accused of “fanning the flames of Islamophobia”
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    heidiallen75

    Heidi Allen MP

  2. .@SayeedaWarsi Baroness Warsi says “Muslim women should not be a useful political battleground for old Etonians” in response to former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's burqa remarks.

    channel4.com/news/baroness-…

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    Channel4News

    Channel 4 News

  3. @BorisJohnson comments on the comparisons he makes about women who wear a face veil have caused offence to British Muslims &beyond-ofcourse U can have an opinion or criticise religious practices BUT a point can be made without belittling a faith-respect is what defines our nation

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    tariqahmadbt

    Lord (Tariq)Ahmad of Wimbledon

  4. Fiyaz Mughal of @TellMamaUK says @BorisJohnson column amounts to Islamophobia. Says there's been no follow up from Conservative Party to his June meeting with them over complaints of anti-Muslim incidents

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    MishalHusainBBC

    Mishal Husain

  5. It appears the Party doesn't even want to talk to the group it *chose* to speak with. I'm not sure that ignoring the issue of #ToryIslamophobia is going to make it go away. We need an independent inquiry.

    Mishal Husain @MishalHusainBBC
    Fiyaz Mughal of @TellMamaUK says @BorisJohnson column amounts to Islamophobia. Says there's been no follow up from Conservative Party to his June meeting with them over complaints of anti-Muslim incidents

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    miqdaad

    Miqdaad Versi

  6. BREAKING: Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt condemns Boris Johnson over burqa comments: "I would never have made such a comment - I think there's a degree of offence in that." That's how it's done, Prime Minister. #r4today

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    PolhomeEditor

    Kevin Schofield

  7. Just imagine if Boris Johnson had made those burka remarks about a man in a turban. Or if the Labour Party was infiltrated by people who thought the Windrush generation were manipulating the world for their own benefit. Racism is racism is racism is racism. It's not complicated.

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    Sathnam

    Sathnam Sanghera

  8. The general view of Boris Johnson’s insulting remarks on Muslim women is that it betrays unthinking Islamophobia. More likely in my view is that it was a premeditated remark, from a man enamoured with the Bannon playbook & desperate to be a right-wing populist Tory Prime Minister

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    StewartWood

    Stewart Wood

  9. I agree with @AlistairBurtUK. I have asked @BorisJohnson to apologise.

    BBC Radio 4 Today @BBCr4today
    .@AlistairBurtUK says he "would never have made" the comment about burqas which @BorisJohnson is being criticised for: "I think there is a degree of offence in that... the point he was trying to make was the government will not enforce any clothing restriction" #r4today

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    BrandonLewis

    Brandon Lewis

  10. Pretty sure Boris Johnson didn't cause this fuss by mistake, and that almost everybody else is responding exactly as he wanted them to.

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    hugorifkind

    Hugo Rifkind

    This, of course, being the Boris Johnson who met with Steve "Let them call you racist, wear it as a badge of pride" Bannon last week.

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    hugorifkind

    Hugo Rifkind

    It's a very well-pitched dog whistle. Plenty of liberals are uncomfortable defending religious dress. So he exploits that while adding a little jovial racist barb for the actual dogs he's after.

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    hugorifkind

    Hugo Rifkind

  11. The Muslim Council of Britain responds to Brandon Lewis' call for Boris Johnson to apologise: "Tory leadership has urgent questions to answer"

    facebook.com/muslimcouncil.…

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  12. BREAKING Boris Johnson not backing down over Burka comments.

    Ally of Mr Johnson says Brandon Lewis is trying to 'shut down' legitimate debate: 'If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists'

    telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/…

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    Steven_Swinford

    Steven Swinford

  13. Missing tweet: 1026841474481221633

  14. If Boris Johnson can insult Muslim women in a newspaper column, sections of society will feel empowered to insult Muslim women in public. He knows this. His defenders know this. They’re all quite comfortable with it.

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    mrjamesob

    James O'Brien

  15. If you hate Muslims, vote Tory. if you hate Jews, vote Labour. What a fucking country
    twitter.com/johnestevens/s…

    John Stevens @johnestevens
    Boris source: "It's ridiculous these views are being attacked - we mustn't fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on difficult issues.
    "We have to call it out. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we're simply yielding ground to reactionaries & extremists"

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    NickCohen4

    Nick Cohen

  16. Gosh he has still got ‘sources.’ Fact is some women will be abused today and in coming days precisely because he has given them license. All to please his new fascist pal Bannon

    Tom Newton Dunn @tnewtondunn
    Boris has decided not to say sorry. Source close to him: "It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked - we must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on difficult issues".

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    campbellclaret

    Alastair PEOPLE’S VOTE Campbell

  17. Even if Boris Johnson is made to "apologise" for his burqa remarks, they'll have done their job of positioning him on the Trump-Bannen-Le Pen-Orbàn spectrum.

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    rwilliams1947

    Richard Williams

  18. not even sorrynotsorry

    Sky News Breaking @SkyNewsBreak
    A source close to Boris Johnson has told Sky News "it is ridiculous" that comments the former Foreign Secretary made on women wearing the burka "are being attacked"

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    katie_martin_fx

    Katie Martin

  19. 'Liberal'- you keep using that word. For example theguardian.com/politics/blog/…

    Pippa Crerar @PippaCrerar
    Source close to Johnson: It is ridiculous these views are being attacked - we must not fall into the trap of shutting down debate on difficult issues. We have to call it out. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we're simply yielding ground to reactionaries & extremists

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    djmgaffneyw4

    Declan Gaffney

  20. If anyone wants an example of how Muslim women can be dehumanised & subject to hate, read the story of Zaynub Hussein. Her attacker chose her at random, smashed into her with his car, & turned it around to run over her as she lay broken on the ground: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-435441…

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    BBCDomC

    Dominic Casciani

  21. .@ProfTimBale tells FT: "Staying in the news — especially if it involves spouting the kind of politically incorrect stuff that appeals to sections of the Tory grassroots — keeps him in the contest to be their next leader.”
    ft.com/content/251091…

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    Laura_K_Hughes

    Laura Hughes

  22. This whole affair is straight out of the Trump playbook. Britain - we're better than this.

    John Stevens @johnestevens
    Boris source: "It's ridiculous these views are being attacked - we mustn't fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on difficult issues.
    "We have to call it out. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we're simply yielding ground to reactionaries & extremists"

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    JohnSpringford

    John Springford

  23. Missing tweet: 1026885831187935233

  24. The Boris Johnson “raising a difficult issue” defence blurs that very few people are objecting to his argument - but his mocking of women: newstatesman.com/politics/stagg…

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    stephenkb

    Stephen Bush

  25. Missing tweet: 1026889978083794944

  26. By which I mean deliberate use of a minor identity issue to divide people and dog whistle

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    JohnSpringford

    John Springford

  27. An actual MP using the “Islam isn’t a race so it’s not being racist” line regularly deployed by racists

    Sky News Politics @SkyNewsPolitics
    "Some people are saying it's racism...last time I last time I looked Islam wasn't a race" - Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen defends Boris Johnson's article comparing Muslim women in burqas to bank robbers and letterboxes

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    anitathetweeter

    Anita Singh

  28. The Guardian view on Boris Johnson: it’s about him not the burqa | Editorial trib.al/iXTM8er

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    guardian

    The Guardian

  29. So many men on this thread making the case for Western liberalism by deciding what women can and cannot wear 🙄

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    Sathnam

    Sathnam Sanghera

  30. The surprise is that anyone should be surprised by Boris Johnson (“watermelon smiles”, “piccaninnies”, “part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike”). 1/2

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    georgeeaton

    George Eaton

    “Boris” was normalised long ago and we are living with the consequences. 2/2

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    georgeeaton

    George Eaton

  31. You don’t defend someone’s rights by saying they look like a letterbox. Just possible they don’t agree with you.

    Fraser Nelson @FraserNelson
    That Boris can be so publicly mauled for defending Muslim women’s rights shows unforgiving the public discussion of this religion has become, says Brendan O’Neill blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/08/boris-…

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    19Averil

    Dame Averil Cameron

  32. I’m no fan of the burqa, but bravo @SayeedaWarsi for calling out Boris so powerfully here. If this is what it now takes to position yourself for the Conservative leadership we should worry..

    PoliticsHome @politicshome
    Former Tory chair Baroness Warsi blasts 'bigot' Boris Johnson after burqa comments

    politicshome.com/news/uk/politi…

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    SimonFraser00

    Simon Fraser

  33. Boris Johnson calculating his best route into No10 & taking the wheel of the Brexit clown car on fire is some dog whistle Islamophobia in today's episode of how fucked as a country are we

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    jamiesont

    tom jamieson

  34. Boris Johnson is knowingly using dogwhistle Islamophobia to up his leadership chances here. He knows his comments will look innocuous to many in the party and appealing to some. And that the row would blow up once May responded.

    Genuinely appalling behaviour.

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    jamesrbuk

    James Ball

  35. Boris Johnson knows this. Boris Johnson doesn't write Islamophobic columns for lols. Boris Johnson is beginning the slow march to Bannon country, in readiness for what will be marketed as the Big Brexit Sellout in just under a year's time.

    Benjamin Kentish @BenKentish
    Boris Johnson’s defence is that he should be free to ask whether the niqab is acceptable in a liberal democracy. That wasn’t the criticism. The criticism was that in doing so he mocked Muslim women who wear it as looking “like bank robbers”.

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    tompeck

    Tom Peck

  36. Thinking about all this Boris burqa stuff and how something has leapfrogged from the unsavoury right to the acceptable mainstream and a Pankaj Mishra phrase keeps resonating - 'the pinstriping of hate'

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    NesrineMalik

    Nesrine Malik

  37. Friends of Boris “burka” Johnson say he is speaking up for liberal values. This is tosh. Genuine liberals don’t make calculated insults about minorities

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    lionelbarber

    Lionel Barber

  38. The problem with Government Ministers telling Boris Johnson that he should "choose his words with more care" is that it is the one thing he is not guilty of. Those words were chosen with the care & skill of a true Bannonite.

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    StewartWood

    Stewart Wood

  39. Oh, and can I just remind you of this detail from last Wednesday's cartoon, which a lot of people saw solely as the worst attack on Jeremy Corbyn since the murder of Wat Tyler

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    MartinRowson

    Martin Rowson

  40. Britain media are just as big suckers for Boris Johnson’s trolling as US media was for Trump’s before he became president. Do we have some kind of colllective death wish?

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    EdwardGLuce

    Edward Luce

  41. Boris Johnson gets free front page coverage in 7 UK newspapers this morning. Refuses to back down over racist language that will disgust liberals but not his base. Remind you of anyone?

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    billyperrigo

    Billy Perrigo

  42. And to those saying the 'liberal elite' should be less judgmental of Johnson's language because it (allegedly) resonates, I say: you appease bigotry if you want to. This liberal's not for turning.

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    MatthewdAncona

    Matthew d'Ancona

  43. One sign of how bad is our politics is that the drivel of some charlatan gets so much attention whilst serious issues (under-funding of NHS/councils/judicial system, stagnant real wages etc) get much less.

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    CJFDillow

    Chris Dillow

  44. Can we be frank? Or does one just not use the R word in polite company, when friends, or their spouses, are involved?

    Lionel Barber @lionelbarber
    Friends of Boris “burka” Johnson say he is speaking up for liberal values. This is tosh. Genuine liberals don’t make calculated insults about minorities

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    philippesands

    Philippe Sands

  45. Despite niqabs etc being very exciting, fewer than 1% of the uk population likely to wear them - only 5% of population are Muslim in first place and most Muslim women in uk are not veiled. But Boris knows how to excite. Public think c15% of Population are Muslim

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    benatipsosmori

    Ben Page, Ipsos MORI

  46. I fear both parties now in hoc to their most extreme wings and daren’t move against.

    The Guardian @guardian
    May must learn from Labour mistakes and stamp out Tory Islamophobia | Jonathan Freedland trib.al/UrvKyte

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    schooltruth

    Fiona Millar

  47. Dominic Grieve totally scathing on "very embarrassing" Boris Johnson just now. "If he was to become leader of the [Tory] party, I won't be in it," he told #WATO. "It may make good journalism, but it doesn't make a good member of parliament or a good minister."

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    adampayne26

    Adam Payne

  48. #DominicGrieve is right. I believe many One Nation Tories would not stay in the Conservative Party should @BorisJohnson become leader. That was my public view some time ago! I also believe Dominic speaks for many millions of people who despair at the state of both main parties.

    Adam Payne @adampayne26
    Dominic Grieve totally scathing on "very embarrassing" Boris Johnson just now. "If he was to become leader of the [Tory] party, I won't be in it," he told #WATO. "It may make good journalism, but it doesn't make a good member of parliament or a good minister."

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    Anna_Soubry

    Anna Soubry MP

  49. Too stupid to be racist?
    twitter.com/anandMenon1/st…

    Anand Menon @anandMenon1
    Either Boris Johnson meant to cause offence. In which case he’s offensive. Or he didn’t mean to cause offence. In which case he’s pretty stupid.

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    NickCohen4

    Nick Cohen

  50. Johnson has deployed a tactic honed for years by the US right and alt-right; while arguing against a burka ban he’s outraged liberals (delighting the party base) and demands he be banned/apologise are being used as proof liberals are illiberal. He will be leader soon enough.

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    ProfAFinlayson

    Alan Finlayson

  51. Earlier today, before the tweet below was posted, I wrote this about the Tories: "Doubtless, they could find a handful of unrepresentative Muslims on the fringes who will tell them that Johnson actually made a rather good point."

    Fraser Nelson @FraserNelson
    As a Muslim woman, I’d like to thank Boris Johnson for calling out the niqab says Qanta Ahmed blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/08/as-a-m…

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    Freedland

    Jonathan Freedland

  52. This has all been deliberate by Boris Johnson. He has a history of playing inflammatory games with racism & whipping up division just to get attention or pursue his own self interest. Appalling man.

    PoliticsHome @politicshome
    Boris Johnson rejects Tory chairman's call for him to apologise over burqa comments

    politicshome.com/news/uk/politi…

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    YvetteCooperMP

    Yvette Cooper

  53. Me neither. Nor a former foreign secretary who looked less fit for office.

    Anna Soubry MP @Anna_Soubry
    In 16 years at the Criminal Bar I never saw an armed robber who looked like a woman in a #burka Have you @BarristerSecret ?

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    Keir_Starmer

    Keir Starmer

  54. My latest Guardian column says ...... Boris Johnson is auditioning to lead a grim, insular Britain

    theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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    martinkettle

    Martin Kettle

  55. "Johnson is positioning himself to be the leader of a more insular, less moderate and harder-faced Conservative party and a more insular, less moderate and harder-faced Britain." by @martinkettle theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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    NickCohen4

    Nick Cohen

  56. Boris Johnson to face Tory party inquiry over burqa remarks trib.al/npkExyH

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    guardian

    The Guardian

  57. If May had just ignored the Attention-Seeking One, she'd have been silently condoning racism. By launching disciplinary process, she's making him a martyr & strengthening his appeal for the voters he's after. There is no good option.

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    gabyhinsliff

    Gaby Hinsliff

    If this seems very familiar it's because rational people have been getting caught in this trap for a good two years now, & we still don't really know how to deal with naked opportunism in a super-volatile climate.

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    gabyhinsliff

    Gaby Hinsliff

  58. It’s not really for Number 10 to step in to a CCHQ-led process. As the “source close to” Boris Johnson will surely be aware. They’re deliberately working to keep May in this.

    Lewis Goodall @lewis_goodall
    Source close to Boris Johnson: “The world has gone mad. Or specifically the people at Matthew Parker Street (Conservative Central Office) have gone mad. They and Number 10 would be very, very wise to calm this down very, very quickly.”

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    jamesrbuk

    James Ball

  59. The fact that many are not drawing a distinction between the language of comedians and the language used by former Foreign Secretaries tells you all you need to know about the state of our politics.

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    MatthewdAncona

    Matthew d'Ancona

  60. Rowan Atkinson is normally worth listening to on speech, but he seems to have missed the point with Johnson. Usually, when he defends religious jokes, he does so on the basis that they are just jokes, where humour is the aim, and thus aren't doing precisely what Johnson was.

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    hugorifkind

    Hugo Rifkind

  61. Tory MP @Jesse_Norman has recently written a brilliant book on Adam Smith. He is widely ignored, whilst another Tory MP who's a stupid charlatan gets lots of attention. This contrast highlights a lot of what is wrong with politics & the media.

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    CJFDillow

    Chris Dillow

  62. This is *still* going on?! Whatever your thoughts on the burka, the spectacle of some of this country’s most privileged and powerful people taking cheap shots at some of the least powerful as part of a power struggle within the governing party is surely a most unedifying one.

    Christopher Hope @christopherhope
    NEW Stanley Johnson writes for tomorrow's Sunday Telegraph: My son Boris was spot on about the burka - but he should have gone further and called for a ban telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/… via @Telegraph

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    ggatehouse

    Gabriel Gatehouse

  63. Very reassuring and helpful to be receiving expert advice from so many members of the Johnson family on the burqa.

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    SimonFraser00

    Simon Fraser

  64. Leaving aside the rights and wrongs of the Burka, it says a lot about what’s wrong with British society that Boris Johnson’s father and sister have both (with ease) been able to write columns defending him in the Sunday newspapers this morning. And we just think that’s normal.

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    lewis_goodall

    Lewis Goodall

  65. My ⁦@guardian⁩ column: Johnson's burqa row is more important and dangerous than Powell's 'rivers of blood' speech theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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    MatthewdAncona

    Matthew d'Ancona

  66. What’s the point of us if we reward “no comment” with a viral clip of the politician in question looking cosy and charming?

    ITV News @itvnews
    "I have nothing to say about this matter except to offer you some tea..." @BorisJohnson greets the media armed with a tray of mugs amid burka row

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    stephenkb

    Stephen Bush

  67. See how effortlessly Johnson plays the media: instead of “Johnson refuses to answer questions”, he gets star billing in a charming village green story about cups of tea instead.

    Twitter Moments UK & Ireland @UKMoments
    Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson didn’t elaborate on his burka comments, but instead tried to offer tea to the waiting media.

    twitter.com/i/moments/1028…

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    ProfChalmers

    James Chalmers

  68. The facade of politeness has long been deployed by the British far right (cf. Rees-Mogg, Enoch Powell).

    ITV News @itvnews
    "I have nothing to say about this matter except to offer you some tea..." @BorisJohnson greets the media armed with a tray of mugs amid burka row

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    georgeeaton

    George Eaton

  69. The best and brightest of the UK’s media got played by a trick this simple.

    They won’t even be embarrassed about it tomorrow. They should be.

    kadhim (^ー^)ノ @kadhimshubber
    If you’re going to take tea from a politician you’re meant to be questioning, don’t video it

    If you’re going to video it, don’t tweet out the video

    If you’re going to tweet out the video, don’t praise the guy for playing you!

    twitter.com/carldinnen/sta…

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    jamesrbuk

    James Ball

  70. Boris Johnson would never get away with what he's said about burkas if he had an Essex accent. Burkagate reminds us you can say whatever you like in Britain, be rude or even prejudiced and be respected for it, so long as you're posh and powerful. My piece. news.sky.com/story/sky-view…

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    lewis_goodall

    Lewis Goodall

  71. “Few at the centre of British national life seemed to think it rum that three members of one family could so easily write national newspaper columns...one family's view, through talent yes, but privilege too, was able to dominate our national conversation”news.sky.com/story/amp/sky-…

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    ProfAFinlayson

    Alan Finlayson