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Johnson, Johnson cried his supporters!
Will BNP votes give Boris their second preferences swinging him into power? You can see why the BNP are encouraging their supporters to back Boris when you read some of Boris' opinions.
"Whatever you say about the Russians, they have no qualms when it comes to abusing human rights, if that means cracking down on Islam." (Spectator, 2 September 2005)
"... too many Britons have absolutely no sense of allegiance to this country or its institutions. It is a cultural calamity that will take decades to reverse, and we must begin now with what I call in this morning's Spectator the re-Britannification of Britain. That means insisting, in a way that is cheery and polite, on certain values that we identify as British. If that means the end of spouting hate in mosques, and treating women as second-class citizens, then so be it. We need to acculturate the second-generation Muslim communities to our way of life." (Daily Telegraph, 14 July 2005)
"We've all got to be as British as Carry On films and scotch eggs and falling over on the beach while trying to change into your swimming trunks with a towel on. We should all feel the same mysterious pang at the sight of the Queen. We do indeed need to inculcate this Britishness, especially into young Muslims.... We should teach British history. We should think again about the jilbab, with the signals of apartness that it sends out, and we should probably scrap faith schools. We should forbid the imams from preaching sermons in anything but English; because if you want to build a society where everyone feels included, and where everyone shares in the national story, we cannot continue with the multicultural apartheid." (Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2005)
More here from Bozza on Islam.
Despite claiming to be an anti-racist Boris has been condemned for racist language on numerous occassions:
Ms Butler highlighted a 2002 article in which Mr Johnson referred to the Queen being greeted in Commonwealth countries by "flag-waving piccaninnies".
She claimed he also said that he expected, during a mooted visit by Tony Blair to the Congo, that "the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief".
Ms Butler, whose Brent South constituency is the most ethnically diverse in the UK, said: "These are disgraceful comments that shame Boris Johnson and shame the Conservative Party.
"This is the most offensive language of the colonial past and it shows that the Tory party is riddled with racial prejudice.