Boris Johnson has outraged right-minded people with his attack on Muslim women comparing them to letterboxes and bank robbers if they wear traditional garments. In spite of the obvious racism involved, prominent Tories have defended the former Foreign Secretary and demanded that his critics ‘move on’, in spite of Johnson’s reluctance to apologise.
Johnson’s recent meeting with hard-right Steve Bannon showing through, perhaps – Johnson’s behaviour has been described as positioning himself for the Tory leadership as a ’21st-century Oswald Mosley’.
But Henry Stewart of London, in a memorable short letter to a national newspaper, has turned around Johnson’s bigotry and pointed out that, on the contrary, men in suits like Johnson himself are the problem.
The letter, pointed out to this blog by Twitter user ‘DanDan‘, is 90-odd words of salutary and thought-provoking perfection:
Of course, there are good men in suits as well as bad. But the letter exposes perfectly the inherent prejudice of judging someone by their choice of outfit – and the fact that the Establishment that likes to divide and weaken us is populated by many who would fancy themselves respectable yet routinely do enormous damage to our society and our people.
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