An audience member on Question Time has taken Boris Johnson to task over his “letterbox” burqa comments and pointed out that her mother is now too afraid to wear the garment.
The politics teacher explained that she could not justify the jibe to her class in a heated dispute with Conservative MP Paul Scully. She said:
If I’m teaching kids about tolerance of different faiths and mutual respect, that goes against our British values so why do we have a Prime Minister in power who goes against our values?
He has not yet apologised for those comments he made… It has led to an increase in race hate crime against women in burqas and the fact that my mother used to wear a burqa and she’s stopped wearing it because she feels unsafe…
I don’t like the fact that we are supporting a Prime Minister who incites hatred.
Will an apology be forthcoming? Of course not.
Regardless, people have found the woman's words moving and hailed the importance of her speech against the prime minister.