Nothing wrong with being eccentric and can certainly add colour. So far as Boris Johnson is concerned I doubt I could think of many politicians that I despise more. I believe that he is an attention seeker who believes himself to be exempt from what might be considered respectful behaviour. If it really was his intention to speak out against the oppression of religious freedom and support the idea that women should wear what they like then why put this in terms of comparing the wearing of niqab to bank robbers? I'd say he was quite cynically seeking the massive response he has received.
There is, of course, much to be said for freedom of speech but when this comes to politicians I think their actions are best considered within the political climate and taking account of that individual's personal ambitions. Nigel Farage, aided and abetted by the mainstream media gave rise to UKIP,; the Conservative Party successfully attracted UKIP voters back to Toryland by peddling their own Islamaphobic and anti-migrant stance. Seems to me that Johnson still has his eyes set on Theresa May's position, and will use every opportunity to place himself in the public eye, attracting support from those who admire his pseudo-eccentricity, love of free speech and, in particular, just as we have seen in U.S.A. those defenders of British culture. The latter, of course, goes hand in hand with oppression of ethnic minorities and multiculturalism but that is conveniently forgotten.
In reality Johnson is no innocent making an off the cuff remark. But expresses himself in a manner designed to create a furore and simultaneously drum up support within a divided Conservatve party, from those who are attracted by his boyish, ebullient eccentricity and those would be UKIP type voters. How smart, how he plays people and how egocentric the man is. Only around one percent of women in the UK wear the attire he is focussing on. It really is hardly an issue when you consider that of that one percent a large percentage of women are free to choose what they wear. And I doubt Johnson could care less about the tiny number suffering oppression.
To my mind he is an appalling politician and person. I am sorry to see a push for his apology on this issue as it further heightens his profile and appeal to such a large sector. However, I do not think an apology was sufficient when he made worse the situation fo Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe when, as Home Secretary, he contributed to her plight and imprisonment in Tehran when he, in his eccentric glib fashion, offered up inaccurate information. I have watched him interviewed on a number of occasions when he cannot provide answers and believe him to be lazy, inept in his role and someone who could not care less about anyone apart from himself.
When a grown man has to muss his hair up to enhance his profile whilst squatting in a home tax payers are coughing up but simultaneously take on a new job against the rules he's supposed to abide by as a politician, I see someone who has no respect for anyone or anything. How ironic that he gains fans because in fine Trumpian style he uses offensive language to benefit his personal ambitions.
His concern regarding women who wear the niqab is nothing but a cynical ploy. If we're talking about dressing to fit with mainstream culture and ensure security then perhaps his next target will be Hasidic Jews . But no, of course not, that ship has apparently sailed as far as the anti-Corbyn gang is concerned best not go there. No Johnson's target fits neatly with his new friend Bannon, Trump's strategist, driving the support of the far right as he advises 'not to bow at the altar of political correctness'. Well, why not. It's worked so well in America.
No, Johnson, is not the champion of free speech nor to my mind a true eccentric.I see him as a cynical, ruthless egotist but hey, isn't his strategy going well?