Rachel Johnson: I apologize for my brother Boris … he was not close enough!

Boris Johnson is being investigated by the Tory party after comparing women who use burkas with mailboxes. Sister Rachel is the last to reach her defense

A rival columnist in another newspaper wrote last week that although the burka was ridiculous and made women look like mailboxes and bank robbers, it still did not forbid it.

Well, I know that what that columnist would prohibit like a gunshot is that I write something about this, or he, blond over blond.

Bad news, brother. Despite the evidence from last week against, we live in a free country.

Boris Johnson is being investigated by the Tory party after comparing women who use burkas with mailboxes. Sister Rachel is the last to reach her defense

Boris Johnson is being investigated by the Tory party after comparing women who use burkas with mailboxes. Sister Rachel is the last to reach her defense

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs did not apologize for his controversial comments on the burkas

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs did not apologize for his controversial comments on the burkas

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs did not apologize for his controversial comments on the burkas

If you can say what you think, and the polls show what the majority of the country thinks, about the burqa, the niqab and the right of women to wear the full veil in the UK, it is just that I can, too.

After all, he says that if he learned one thing after two years traveling the world as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, it is this: that most problems can be solved by treating women equally. Still, I am aware that anything I write could bother not only him but everyone.

Our great-grandparents were Jews, Muslims and Christians. My name is Rachel (which is Hebrew for & ewe & # 39;) Sabiha (which means & # 39; dawn & # 39; in Arabic) & Johnson (who is American for the male member).

Johnson's statements, for which he did not apologize, sparked protests from the Muslim community that protested in front of his office on Thursday.

Johnson's statements, for which he did not apologize, sparked protests from the Muslim community that protested in front of his office on Thursday.

Johnson's statements, for which he did not apologize, sparked protests from the Muslim community that protested in front of his office on Thursday.

I could go on. My brother Leo has a Muslim wife born in Kabul and two Afghan Muslim half-daughters who speak Farsi. If I had one pound for all those who have told me since the referendum, "Oooh, it should be interesting around Johnson's Sunday lunch table," she would be a rich woman, and all I can say is , imagine the conversations now.

So maybe it's better that I apologize for what I say well in advance. I'm sorry everyone!

Now that you are out of the way, am I allowed to put some words to the former foreign minister and my brother forever?

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I read your piece. It read like a column written on a Sunday morning while on vacation in Italy, with a bottle or two of Asti Spumante cooling in the fridge for lunch.

If he had been calling, he could have changed the word "ridiculous" and eliminated the "bank robbers", but apart from these two or three words, it seemed right and just; in fact, it was not. I go far enough to express, in my opinion, how oppressive the garment is.

When I see a woman with one, I do not try another "& # 39; she. The reverse. I try to imagine myself in his shoes. On the street. The rest of my family wears casual shorts and T-shirts and flip-flops, but I am a faceless and unidentifiable ghost with a suffocating black shroud. On the beach, my man with a speedy Speedos (OK, please, no) in dark, warm cloth from head to toe, having to eat an ice cream by putting the pudding in my mouth under a fin under my chin.

I did not let myself get carried away by what he wrote, but many people (some of them friends) have felt entitled to call my brother racist, disgusting and with other names that are much more insulting and unpleasant than anything that has written. .

The main charge of its critics seems to be this one. His piece of hammock was a nativist dog whistle for the most thirsty of the Tory roots in the covered field of the counties; it was a subliminal anti-Muslim message intended for a right-wing audience to go beyond the well-guarded limit and guarded by the thought of "the bubble".

In objection to this, 100 Muslim women have written, less their surnames, to protest, and there are street demonstrations in their Uxbridge constituency. Within the Conservative Party, Lord Sheikh and others have called for the whip to be removed. There have been calls for a query. The PM request for an apology was seconded by Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives. The others threatened to leave the party.

But everything smelled like a stranger like the internal fights: a pathetic attack of blue on blue, fueled by anger that Burkagate interrupted the epic self-destruction of the Labor Party over anti-Semitism. For me, it felt like this: he wrote what he thought, and he was probably in a hurry.

It turns out to be what many people think when they see a woman in a burka, but coming from a former head of one of the big offices of the state, and not a comedian, his words failed in the stress test of political correctness. Is that a crime? Cressida Dick, Met's boss, says no, and I agree with her.

However, many of his cheerful critics were deeply offended, but still managed to reject it. They accused him of & # 39; criminalize & # 39; to women when comparing their appearance with that of bank robbers (surely a little strong?)

They accused him of dehumanizing women, without taking into account the main point that the burqa / niqab dehumanizes women. They do not express individuality, they suppress it.

I would like to make it very clear that I dislike the idea of ​​women being harassed or abused on the street as a result of some of this. I really hope they are not. The idea that grants license to xenophobia is horrible. But the clothes have a language, a meaning and a message. And what the veil wearer transmits is that she is subscribing to a "toxic patriarchy that controls women".

It is not my words, incidentally, the words of a leading magnet, who also said that the fact that many younger women say use it and assert their right to hide their faces is proof that they have "internalized this poisonous chauvinism "

Other notables, such as Sir Vince Cable, leader of Lib Dem, have wondered if Boris would be "contemptuous" about the nuns and the costume of Orthodox Jewish women.

I CAN answer: alone, Vince, if these religions became so extreme that they also demanded the elimination of the identity of a single sex in the public sphere (I could also tell you that our aunt Sarah, my mother's sister, was a Catholic nun. He had been wearing a steep black habit and hair for 17 years (we call her Aunt Nun).

Protesters gathered in front of the office of the Hillingdon Conservators Association in Uxbridge asking for Johnson's suspension from the party

Protesters gathered in front of the office of the Hillingdon Conservators Association in Uxbridge asking for Johnson's suspension from the party

Protesters gathered in front of the office of the Hillingdon Conservators Association in Uxbridge asking for Johnson's suspension from the party

My brother's crime, if it is not too strong a word, was to use misguided and ill-advised comparisons (the mailbox gag was of old homemade jokes and has been used by a Muslim woman in The Guardian as well as the BBC) being too impeccably liberal to not support the Danish prohibition of niqab.

He argued that the law should not tell a free adult woman what she can or can not use in a public place when she simply deals with her own affairs. I do not agree I would agree with the Danes and with France, Belgium, Bulgaria and Austria to ban them.

These countries are not imposing a ban: they are raising one on the rights of women to feel the sun on their skin, the water on their bodies, and for their children to see the faces of their mothers on the street. They are lifting the ban on women's rights being seen without the fear that their brothers, husbands and uncles will object that they are "dishonoring" them in some way.

No, Boris did not go too far, he did not go far enough.

That's why I can only apologize.

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