Iain Duncan Smith Defends Boris Johnson's 'Freedom Of Speech' Over Burkas Row

Angelo Anderson
August 10, 2018

'One day, I am sure, they will go'.

Following complaints and his refusal to apologise, he now faces an inquiry into whether he broke his Conservative party's code of conduct.

Boris Johnson could be told to go on a diversity training course instead of facing more severe sanctions for his comments over Burkas, The Telegraph has learned.

In his column he said: "If you tell me that the burqa is oppressive, then I am with you".

"All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them".

Arguing in favour of free speech, Mr Mitchell suggested we may as well shut down every single national newspaper if we wanted to stop people from being offended.

Under party rules, the head of the investigation may dismiss complaints that are obviously trivial or lacking in merit and those which can not fairly be investigated.

"You should really only apologise for a bad joke".

"As a lifelong beneficiary of the freedom to make jokes about religion, I do think that Boris Johnson's joke about wearers of the burqa resembling letterboxes is a pretty good one", Atkinson wrote in a letter to The Times newspaper, published on Friday.

The Tory peer said he had received a wave of abuse since speaking out against Mr Johnson. "On that basis, no apology is required".

Mr Johnson has also won the support of Tory former chief whip Andrew Mitchell, who said the Uxbridge MP had used "colourful" language but had not committed an offence.

He explained there was a complaints procedure within the Conservative Party and that the Party had a mechanism for dealing with these issues. His Brexiteer credentials were bolstered when he resigned as foreign secretary in July, accusing May of killing "the Brexit dream" with her plan to seek close economic ties with the bloc after Brexit next year.

The row has exposed bitter splits within the Tory Party, with many Remainer MPs using the controversy to stick the knife into Mr Johnson and say he is not fit to ever be party leader.

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