Boris Johnson was branded 'racist' by a rival MP in the House of Commons and the internet erupted

Lowenna Waters
Wednesday 19 June 2019 12:15
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The leader of the SNP Ian Blackford branded Boris Johnson a 'racist' during PMQs today, and the internet exploded with responses.

Speaking to the House of Commons during PMQs today, Blackford said:

I ask does the prime minister realise, not only is the member racist, he is stoking division in communities, and has a record of dishonesty.

When he was challenged by Speaker of the House John Bercow, who urged him to 'be extremely careful in the language that he uses' and then urged him to 'weigh his words', Blackford refused to withdraw his comments, saying:

Mr Speaker I have informed the member, but the member has described Muslim women as 'letterboxes'; described African people as having 'watermelon smiles' and another disgusting slur that I would never dignify by repeating. 

If that's not racist, Mr Speaker, I don't know what is. 

He also added:

Does the prime minister honestly believe that this man is fit for the office of prime minister?

Needless to say, the internet erupted with commentary and takes after Blackford delivered his controversial remarks.

Some agreed with the brand 'racist'.

Others thought that he was 'playing for headlines'.

And that he was being 'savage'.

Is this a taste of the type of PMQs to come if the foreign secretary gets the top job?

Blimey, it's really all kicking off!

Some loved how forthcoming Blackford was with his opinions.

Others just noted how staunchly he maintained his opinion, even when asked to retract it.

In response to Blackford's comments, the prime minister Theresa May said that PMQs was about asking questions about actions of the government, reports the New European.

She added:

I can say that I believe any Conservative PM would be better for Scotland than the SNP.

Blackford emerged unscathed from the proceedings, much to the ire of many Tory backbenchers.

HT The Independent

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