Ex-Trump strategist Steve Bannon warns Boris Johnson not to apologize for the burka row

The former chief strategist of President Trump, Steve Bannon, has warned Boris Johnson not to bow to the altar of political correctness by apologizing for his comments on the burka.

The former chief strategist of President Trump, Steve Bannon, has warned Boris Johnson not to bow to the altar of political correctness by apologizing for his comments on the burka.

Johnson's party is at war after the former foreign secretary sparked protests when she said women who use burkas look like mailboxes and bank robbers.

Bannon defended Johnson for the controversial comments, claiming that it was simply a "reverence" for the populist vote.

Bannon, who was President Trump's chief strategist until he was ousted last August, also said Johnson would be a "great prime minister" and that he did not need to copy Trump.

The former White House adviser's comments come as cabinet ministers furiously split over the handling of the situation.

The former chief strategist of President Trump, Steve Bannon, has warned Boris Johnson not to bow to the altar of political correctness by apologizing for his comments on the burka.

The former chief strategist of President Trump, Steve Bannon, has warned Boris Johnson not to bow to the altar of political correctness by apologizing for his comments on the burka.

Johnson's party is at war after the former foreign secretary said women who wear burkas look like mailboxes and bank robbers. Pictured: Johnson on Saturday at Gatwick Airport

Johnson's party is at war after the former foreign secretary said women who wear burkas look like mailboxes and bank robbers. Pictured: Johnson on Saturday at Gatwick Airport

Johnson's party is at war after the former foreign secretary said women who wear burkas look like mailboxes and bank robbers. Pictured: Johnson on Saturday at Gatwick Airport

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Bannon said: "His whole discussion revolves around not wanting to ban the burqa, but he argues that he agrees that it is an oppressive pledge and that there is no scriptural basis in the Qur'an, which is true .

"I think the substance was lost because of its discard line."

"Hysterical mainstream media can never separate the & # 39; & # 39; signal from noise & # 39 ;; fortunately populists can. & # 39; & # 39 ;;

Bannon added: "Boris does not need to imitate Trump, he needs to be himself – in the digital age, authenticity is everything.

The former chief executive of Breitbart News, a far-right news website, declined to comment if he gave advice to Johnson when he visited the United Kingdom last month.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, the ministers expressed frustration over the situation, and sided with Johnson.

One said: It's been so vaunted. Boris is a defender. What he said was not so scandalous; Many people have said worse things and many of the parties agree with him.

"The sooner the party throws this investigation, the better." Many people, both in the front and the back of the banks, are really fired. "

Another added: "It has been a total cock from beginning to end, what started as something and nothing has been hit by a storm.

"Soon he would have exploded, but in his willingness to see Boris punished, everything they did injured themselves."

A third minister told the newspaper: "They have managed to design a total disaster.

"There is no serious political brain in Downing Street or its surroundings." Trying to silence Boris is stupid, especially when most people agree with him.

Mr. Johnson poses for a selfie with apparent admirers in Gatwick as the party continues divided over his comparison of burkas with mailboxes

Mr. Johnson poses for a selfie with apparent admirers in Gatwick as the party continues divided over his comparison of burkas with mailboxes

Mr. Johnson poses for a selfie with apparent admirers in Gatwick as the party continues divided over his comparison of burkas with mailboxes

On Saturday, Johnson landed at Gatwick Airport in Crawley amid calls to attend "diversity training."

Fresh from his vacation in Italy, he returns to a divided response as the Tory greats demanded yesterday that the Conservative Party stop disciplinary proceedings.

The politician posed for a selfie with apparent admirers after supporters rushed to his defense.

Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg said the consequences are making the Conservative Party look silly and said there is nothing to investigate.

Lord Tebbit, a former president of Tory, accused party bosses of inflaming the dispute and allowing Jeremy Corbyn to escape scrutiny of accusations of anti-Semitism.

His intervention came when the allies of the former foreign secretary expressed new concerns last night about how party president Brandon Lewis has handled the matter so far.

They accused Mr. Lewis of discussing the case with Tory MPs, which they say violates the requirement that complaints be handled confidentially.

The Tory party launched an investigation into Mr. Johnson on Thursday after he received a series of complaints about a newspaper article in which he compared Muslim women who use the burka with mailboxes and bank robbers.

There are suggestions that it could be sent for diversity training as punishment.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has come in defense of Boris Johnson (pictured) and has said that the Conservative Party is being deceived by the consequences

Jacob Rees-Mogg has come in defense of Boris Johnson (pictured) and has said that the Conservative Party is being deceived by the consequences

Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured) has come out in defense of Boris Johnson and has said that the Conservative Party is being deceived by the consequences

Jacob Rees-Mogg (pictured) has come out in defense of Boris Johnson and has said that the Conservative Party is being deceived by the consequences

Jacob Rees-Mogg (right) has come out in defense of Boris Johnson (left) and has said that the Conservative Party is being deceived by the consequences

Boris Johnson has rejected calls to apologize despite Theresa May (pictured) saying her comments caused offense

Boris Johnson has rejected calls to apologize despite Theresa May (pictured) saying her comments caused offense

Boris Johnson has rejected calls to apologize despite Theresa May (pictured) saying her comments caused offense

The former foreign secretary compared burkas with mailboxes and has refused to apologize for his comments.

The former foreign secretary compared burkas with mailboxes and has refused to apologize for his comments.

The former foreign secretary compared burkas with mailboxes and has refused to apologize for his comments.

Lord Tebbitt said last night: "It is completely absurd, if you investigate him, you will find that he did not say anything racist.

"He defended the right of women to wear a burka if they wish, but said they look like a mailbox.

"I suggest that the party should not help Corbyn escape the accusation of anti-Semitism that weighs on him."

The leader of the Tory Conservative group, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said "there is nothing to investigate" and that the issue was "making the Conservative Party look silly."

Rees-Mogg suggested that the attacks on Johnson's comments were a reflection of the "envy" he felt towards him because of "his many successes, his popularity among voters and his charisma."

A group of protesters in front of the office of the Hillingdon Conservative Association on Thursday

A group of protesters in front of the office of the Hillingdon Conservative Association on Thursday

A group of protesters in front of the office of the Hillingdon Conservative Association on Thursday

The shouts of outrage directed against the former figurehead of the Leave campaign were 'suspects'. and the motivations of those who attacked him & # 39; were doubtful, "said North East Somerset parliamentarian.

"Could it be that there is a nervousness that an aspiring leader who was once in the future is becoming too popular and should be stopped?" asked Mr. Rees-Mogg.

"This may explain the attempt to use the disciplinary procedures of the Conservative Party, but it has been handled so enthusiastically that it only brings sympathy and support to Mr. Johnson."

What is Tory's disciplinary panel and what punishments could he give to Boris?

The Tory party launched its new stricter code of conduct in 2017 following the Westminster sexual pest scandal.

Under the rules, any member accused of circumventing the code of conduct could be questioned by a disciplinary panel.

This is the process that Boris Johnson faces:

  1. A panel composed of no less than three people, is named by the party's president, Brandon Lewis.
  2. The panel will include a Tory activist, an independent person and someone nominated by the chairman of the 1922 committee, the powerful body of conservatives at the back.
  3. This panel will investigate the complaint and give its conclusions to Mr. Lewis.
  4. If they discover that Mr. Johnson has violated the rules of the game, they will refer him to Theresa May and the Tory Board, who will decide what punishment to impose.
  5. They can order a variety of punishments, including expelling them from the party.

How does the party decide what punishment to give?

It is up to the PM and the Conservative Party board to decide what punishment to give.

The code of conduct establishes that they have the discretion "to take the measures they consider appropriate". This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, suspension of membership or expulsion from the Party. "

But it suggests that only the most serious cases will result in the expulsion of the party member.

The code states: "Any removal of membership rights will only be made after due consideration of natural justice."

She added: "When Margaret Thatcher was a leader, she and Michael Heseltine were not soulmates, but she would not have allowed personal rivalry to take fire from the Labor Party, whose deep internal divisions are now buried in other news, nor has she tolerated any attempt to have a show trial.

"Attacking Boris simply helps the opposition, it is time for good sense to assert itself, freedom of expression is encouraged and, as the summer rain falls, the energetic action will cool down."

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith said the party should end its investigation, noting that Johnson made the remarks while explaining why he opposed the burka ban.

Mr. Duncan Smith told BBC Radio 4 Today: "I do not agree that there is something particularly bad about what he said, you may not agree with the tone or the jokes, but we have something called freedom. of expression in this country. "

He added: "I do not think that an internal party system should be there to close parliamentarians when they speak, you do not always have to agree with what people are saying, but we defend the right of people to say it."

Former party vice president and Tory MP Andrew Rosindell said: "What is happening to Boris Johnson is a direct attack on our freedom of expression, I fear a rash of anger among key voters of our party and grassroots activists if this obsessive political correction does not stop. "

Former Conservative Minister James Duddridge added: "The Conservative Party has lost the plot if it believes it is useful to launch an investigation into Boris's comments.

& # 39; Some people just need to take a cold shower, calm down, and spend the holidays & # 39;

The supporters of Mr. Johnson condemned Lewis last night after the Tory MPs wrote in a WhatsApp group that he had had conversations with them about the case.

A former cabinet minister said: "The party code is a legal process that must be carried out in a fair and confidential manner in accordance with natural justice.

"With his briefing, the unofficial talks with other deputies, Brandon Lewis has made fun of the whole system, his reckless behavior means that the process can not be independent or fair now.

"This attack on Boris must be abandoned before the party president does more damage to our party, and Lewis needs to consider his own position given his disastrous role in this fiasco."

Ken Livingstone asks Boris Johnson to be expelled from Tories

Ken Livingstone has asked that Boris Johnson be expelled from the Conservative Party by the burka row.

The former mayor of London, who resigned from the Labor Party in May after being suspended for alleged anti-Semitism, said the former foreign secretary was becoming "fond" of fanaticism.

Two years ago, Mr. Livingstone provoked outrage when he said that Adolf Hitler supported Zionism "before going crazy".

He was also harshly criticized in 2005 after accusing a Jewish journalist of behaving "like a concentration camp guard." Mr. Johnson defeated Mr. Livingstone in the mayoral elections in London in 2008 and 2012.

In an interview with the LBC radio station, Livingstone said: "We have had a real increase in the Islamophobic incidents: very often, a woman with a burka is pulled out of her face."

"Boris is indulging the fear of Islam and intolerance.

"We all know that one day Boris will try to become the next leader of the Conservative Party and if he is going to try to mobilize the fans in the Conservative Party behind him, that is totally wrong." Again and again, he will say things that are completely wrong, he is not really a politician, he just wants to be a famous celebrity.

"Frankly, I think the Conservative Party should abandon it."

The leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, praised yesterday one of the former deputy mayors of London of Mr. Johnson after describing his critics as "false."

In a WhatsApp group for Tory MPs, Ms. Leadsom joined the praise of an article in which Munira Mirza wrote: "The ridicule of religious practices is not the tactic chosen by all, but acting as unacceptable is false and hypocritical. "

Ms. Leadsom wrote: "I agree with Munira's article: she is an intelligent woman".

However, MP Tory Nadine Dorries wrote in the WhatsApp group: "The party has been fulfilled in a big way and one of the worst f ** k ups has been the Prime Minister who appears on national television calling Boris to apologize That was very, very bad. "

Johnson, who is believed to be on vacation in Italy, has not commented since his column was published on Monday.

A source close to Mr. Lewis last night rejected the accusation that he had breached the rules of confidentiality and said: "He has not discussed the investigation with anyone." He explained the process of the code of conduct to two parliamentarians.

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