Boris Johnson called for the end to Brexit's 'toxic polarisation' and people pointed out the hypocrisy

Sophia Ankel
Monday 15 April 2019 13:30
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Boris Johnson has been called out for being a hypocrite, after saying that only a "proper Brexit" can spare "us from toxic polarisation".

The Tory Brexiteer was referring to the comments made by Labour politician David Lammy yesterday, who called Johnson an "extreme hard-right fascist" on The Andrew Marr Show.

Writing in his Telegraph column, Johnson argued that the sooner we leave the EU, the sooner this "name-calling" will end.

But people were quick to call out the former foreign secretary for his hypocrisy, reminding him that next to Donald Trump, Johnson is the king of name-calling and polarising rhetoric.

So let's break down a few examples, shall we?

Remember the time, last summer, when Johnson said that Muslim women wearing burkas looked "like letterboxes" and "bank robbers"? Example number 1.

Or how about if we take it way back and remember when Johnson was forced to apologise after he referred to black people as "piccaninnies" during his London mayoral campaign in 2008. In another column for The Telegraph, he used the word again when he mocked Tony Blair's globetrotting, saying:

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 piece also mentioned "watermelon smiles". Yes, really.

Or how about that time when he linked Papua New Guinea to "cannibalism and chief-killing" in another newspaper column in 2006?

And the list goes on.

It didn't take long for people to take to Twitter to remind the Brexiteer that he has said some pretty offensive and polarising things in the past.

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