British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday dismissed criticism of an previous article he wrote condemning single moms and “feckless” working-class males, saying the quotes have been taken out of context.
In a newly-unearthed article from 1995, when he was a journalist, Johnson described working-class males as “more likely to be drunk, prison, aimless, feckless and hopeless”.
The quotes have been splashed throughout the entrance web page of the left-wing Each day Mirror tabloid, underneath the tagline “What he actually thinks”, placing them centre stage of the marketing campaign for the December 12 election.
The newspaper additionally famous that within the article for the Spectator journal, the Conservative chief had described youngsters of single moms as “ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate”.
“These are 25-year-old quotations culled from articles written I feel earlier than I used to be even in politics,” Johnson advised LBC radio on Friday.
He stated the “phrases are lifted out of context” and have been an “absolute distortion” of what he believes.
He accused the opposition Labour social gathering, which stated the remarks have been “outrageous”, of digging up previous quotes to shift consideration away from its coverage on Brexit.
“They’re simply attempting to distract from the truth that they haven’t any plan to get out us out of the European Union,” Johnson stated.
Opinion polls presently present the Conservatives, who’ve promised to get Britain out of the bloc on January 31, are heading for victory subsequent month.
A significant survey on Wednesday advised they might take a number of seats from Labour in conventional working-class areas in northern and central England.
Labour chairman Ian Lavery stated Johnson’s remarks about working-class males have been “outrageous”.
He accused Johnson of being “a person out of contact with actuality and whose ignorance and hatred of working-class communities is aware of no bounds”.
Johnson has beforehand come underneath scrutiny for utilizing offensive language in his articles, largely written earlier than getting into politics — however some extra lately.
Final yr he was criticised for writing that Muslim ladies in full face veils seemed like letter containers, whereas defending their proper to put on what they need.
The feedback fuelled questions on a wider downside of Islamophobia within the Conservative social gathering.
“Once I write these items, I by no means got down to trigger ache or damage,” Johnson stated on Friday, repeating a pledge for an impartial inquiry into all types of prejudice inside his social gathering.
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