Poll: Most Brits back Boris after burqa row, say free speech threatened

Poll: Most Brits back Boris after burqa row, say free speech threatened

[Ed. – No laughing matter (bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!)]

A majority of Brits do not think Boris Johnson should be disciplined for mocking the Islamic burqa but do think free speech is under threat, a new survey reveals.

60 percent of people believe free speech is under threat in the United Kingdom, the ComRes poll for the Sunday Express found, after Mr Johnson was attacked for joking about the “ridiculous” garment.

It found 53 percent of people do not think Mr Johnson should be disciplined for saying women in the burqa look like letterboxes or bank robbers, and 60 percent say rights to free speech have been weakened.

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Tory MP Andrew Bridgen commented: “If Boris is suspended it will be open warfare in the Conservative Party.

“If Theresa May dares engineer a leadership contest while Boris is suspended it will be World War Three.”

The publication of the poll comes as Johnson’s father, Stanley, writes in the Sunday Telegraph that his son had not gone far enough with his comments on the burqa.

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