Jacob Rees-Mogg defends Boris Johnson for burka letterbox comments


Jacob Rees-Mogg defends Boris Johnson for burka letterbox comments

LONDON ENGLAND- OCTOBER 12 Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reacts to a comment during a joint UK  Poland press conference in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

LONDON ENGLAND- OCTOBER 12 Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reacts to a comment during a joint UK Poland press conference in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Cooper's comments came as fellow Tory, Jacob Rees-Mogg, on Saturday suggested a Conservative Party investigation into Johnson was a "show trial" being used to stop him becoming the next party leader.

In a Twitter post, he wrote: "The rottenness of Boris Johnson goes deeper even than his casual racism and his equally casual courting of fascism. His career is a saga of moral emptiness and lies; pathetic, weak and needy; the opposite of strong".

"He will advocate literally anything to play to the crowd of the moment".

The Telegraph newspaper said it had been "inundated" with letters in support of Mr Johnson and gave over its whole letters page to publish them.

Thus far, Johnson has refused to apologise for his remarks, despite being asked to do so by chairman Brandon Lewis and the Prime Minister.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Ress-Mogg hinted Conservative politicians are attacking the ex-foreign secretary because they were envious of "his many successes, popularity with voters and charisma".

He referenced that Europhile and Tory grandee Kenneth Clarke had once, when he was a cabinet minister, referred to the burqa as a "kind of bag", remarking that "This makes the howls of outrage suspect and the motivations dubious".

Furthermore, Rees-Mogg implied that Mrs May's actions were only helping Labour: "When Margaret Thatcher was Leader, she and Michael Heseltine were hardly soulmates but she would not have allowed personal rivalry to take the heat off the Labour Party".

Rees Mogg wrote: "Could it be that there is a nervousness that a once and probably future leadership contender is becoming too popular and needs to be stopped?".

"This may explain the attempt to use the Conservative Party's disciplinary procedures, but it has been handled so ham-fistedly that it brings only sympathy and support for Mr Johnson". Attacking Boris merely helps the Opposition. It is time for good sense to assert itself, free speech to be encouraged and as the summer rain falls for hot-headed action to be cooled down.

His remarks - in a Daily Telegraph column last week - have been called Islamophobic and the Tory Party received dozens of complaints.

The Downing Street source said the party has to investigate any complaint.

Mr Johnson is on holiday overseas and is yet to respond to the reaction to his article.

It is expected that as a minimum Bo-Jo will be expected to attend a "diversity course".