As Boris Johnson sees his best route to the Tory leadership is to avoid public scrutiny, I called him out in Women and Equalities Questions today. Quoting some of his racist comments, I asked Ministers whether they thought he was fit to be Prime Minister, as you can see in the exchange below.
I’m pleased that the Minister agreed about the importance of language in public life. The casual racism of people like Boris Johnson doesn’t simply cause offence, although that’s bad enough, but it drives the divisions and fuels the increase in hate crimes that we’ve seen in recent years.
Boris Johnson’s use of words though isn’t casual, it’s calculating. He knows what he’s doing, but doesn’t care as long as it benefits him. His disregard of the consequences – harassment and assault of our fellow citizens – is one of the very many reasons that make him unfit to be Prime Minister.