During a Wednesday debate of the House of Commons lan Blackford, said that Boris Johnson, who is the main candidate seeking to become the country’s next prime minister had a well known record of insulting communities in the UK.
“Does the prime minister realize, not only is the member racist, he is stoking division in communities and has a record of dishonesty?” said Blackford while posing a question to outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May.
Commons speaker John Bercow asked Blackford to withdraw his comments about Johnson, who is a current member of the parliament but Blackford resisted and said. “The member has called Muslim women ‘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.”
The comments came after Johnson secured a fresh lead in his bid to become the next prime minister by winning the support of 126 out of 313 Tory lawmakers during a vote on Tuesday.
However, many fear Britain would become a less tolerant society under Johnson given his views on immigration and minorities.
Johnson sparked huge outrage last summer when he wrote an article for the Daily Telegraph saying Muslim women wearing burqas were like bank robbers and letter boxes.
Studies after the publication of then opinion piece showed that hate crimes against Muslims in the UK, especially against women wearing burqas, had significantly increased across the country.