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Former deputy mayor on the double standards of Boris backlash

8 August 2018

9:29 AM

8 August 2018

9:29 AM

Boris Johnson graces the front pages of not one but seven newspapers this morning as the row over his burka comments rumbles on. It’s not gone unnoticed in eurosceptic circles that Remain Tory MPs have been the quickest to pile in on the former foreign secretary over his letterbox comparison. This has led to suspicion that this row is less a serious debate about the burka and more part of a ‘stop Boris’ campaign.

Happily, Munira Mirza was on hand this morning to make sure that there aren’t any double standards on display going forward. Speaking on the Today programme, Johnson’s former deputy mayor asked where the outrage was when arch-remainer Ken Clarke described the burka as a ‘peculiar costume’ and a ‘kind of bag’ back in 2013:

‘It’s a most peculiar costume for people to adopt in the 21st century.’

No doubt Anna Soubry and co will be in touch shortly to offer their condemnation…


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