Boris Johnson came under fire this week for comparing women in burkas and niqabs to "letter boxes" and "bank robbers", but has refused to apologise.
The former secretary argued it is wrong for Denmark to impose fines on those wearing a burka or niqab in the streets in an article for the Daily Telegraph.
But he said he still believed the burka was "oppressive", "weird" and "bullying", adding:
I would go further and say it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.
He also said that he would expect constituents to remove face coverings when talking to him at his MP's surgery, so they didn't look like a "bank robber":
If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecturer looking like a bank robber then ditto: those in authority should be allowed to converse openly with those that they are being asked to instruct.
As it that's not enough, here is just a selection of the gaffes, controversies and downright insensitive comments Johnson has been ordered to apologise for.
1. When he was criticised for "putting our citizens at risk". He (eventually) apologised.
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Boris Johnson faced calls to resign as foreign secretary amid claims his thoughtless comments about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran, were seized upon by Iranians to bolster their case that Ratcliffe was a spy.
Johnson eventually apologised 12 days after the incorrect comments, which risked lengthening Zaghari-Ratcliffe's prison sentence.
2. When he referred to Emily Thornberry as the "Lady Baroness whatever". He apologised.
Boris Johnson was branded "sexist" by House of Commons speaker John Bercow after he called Emily Thornberry "Lady Nugee" in 2017.
This is a reference to her marriage to High Court Judge Sir Christopher Nugee. Though she holds the title due to her husband being a Sir, she chooses to use her maiden name.
Johnson apologised "for any inadvertent sexism or discourtesy that you may have deemed me guilty of".
4. When the Spectator said Liverpool had made scapegoats of the police in the Hillsborough disaster. He apologised.
Johnson finally apologised in 2012 for a 2004 article in the Spectator that claimed drunken fans were partly responsible for the Hillsborough tragedy.
The article said more than 50 fans had died at Hillsborough, though the final figure was 56, and echoed the baseless view first put forward by The Sun that some had "fought their way into the ground".
Johnson did not write the article, but was editor at the time.
5. When accused Liverpool of wallowing in grief over the killing of Ken Bigley, a hostage. He apologised.
Picture: A photo of Ken Bigley is displayed at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral during the memorial service. 13 November, 2004.
Another baseless accusation about Liverpool was squeezed into the Spectator article.
The anonymous wrier argued that the way the city reacted to the murder of Ken Bigley, the 62-year-old engineer who was kidnapped in Iraq, was an "extreme reaction" comparable to that of the Hillsborough tragedy.
Johnson was ordered by then Tory leader Michael Howard to go to Liverpool to apologise in person.
What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.
The article also mentioned "watermelon smiles".
7. When he was called on to apologise for insulting world leaders. He refused to apologise.
Upon his appointment as foreign secretary, Johnson said it would take far too long to apologise for the "rich thesaurus" of insults and inappropriate comments he had called world leaders .
These include, but are limited to: saying Barack Obama had an "ancestral dislike of the British empire" due to his "part-Kenyan" heritage, an obscene poem about Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and comparing Hillary Clinton to a "sadistic nurse in a mental hospital".
We can spend an awfully long time going over lots of stuff that I've written over the last 30 years... all of which in my view has been taken out of context, but never mind, some serious issues call us today.
8. When he said the Libyan town of Sirte could be like Dubai once the dead bodies were cleared away. He refused to apologise.