A defiant Boris Johnson has insisted he will not be “muffled” and “will continue to speak directly”, as he was challenged about previous controversial feedback at his Tory management marketing campaign launch.
Talking as he set out his imaginative and prescient to be the following Conservative chief and prime minister, Mr Johnson claimed that the British public “feels alienated” from these in Westminster “because too often they feel we are muffling and veiling our language”.
He was requested by Sky Information if a string of controversial feedback, which incorporates referring to Muslim women wearing the burka as “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”, meant he was not appropriate for the highest job.
“If sometimes in the course of trying to get across what I genuinely think, I use phrases and language that have caused offence, of course I’m sorry for the offence that I have caused,” Mr Johnson informed Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby in a Q&A following his speech.
“However I will proceed to talk as straight I can.
“Because that is what I think the British public want to hear.”
Having been accused of shying away from scrutiny for not participating in broadcast or newspaper interviews, Mr Johnson confronted questions from journalists for the primary time in the course of the marketing campaign.
Within the Q&A session, the management front-runner:
:: Sidestepped a query about whether or not he had taken cocaine at college, saying: “I think what most people in this country want us to really focus on in this campaign, if I may say so, is what we can do for them and what our plans are for this great country of ours”;
:: Advised MPs would not block Brexit, as a result of “in the end, maturity and a sense of duty will prevail”;
:: Clarified that he would “stick up” for all companies, having beforehand declared “f*** business” due to corporations’ Brexit considerations;
:: Defended using cease and search and mentioned his document as mayor of London made him appropriate to steer the nation;
:: Acknowledged “there will be difficulties and bumps in the road” if he comes PM, however his crew will “hit the ground running”;
:: Mentioned “I cannot swear that I have always observed a top speed limit of 70mph” when requested if he had ever finished something unlawful.