Boris Johnson is the favourite to replace Theresa May as prime minister.
He will launch his campaign on Wednesday with a pledge to “unite the country.”
However, Johnson is a divisive figure with a long record of controversial comments about women, gay people and ethnic minorities.
He has called gay men “bumboys,” and compared Muslim women to “letterboxes.”
LONDON — Boris Johnson will on Wednesday launch his bid to become the United Kingdom’s next prime minister with a pledge to restore his party’s fortunes and “unite the country.”
However, despite pitching himself as the candidate best-placed to bring people together, the frontrunner in the Conservative party leadership race has a long record of making sexist, homophobic and racist comments.
The ex-foreign secretary and former London Mayor has long had a questionable attitude towards women, with both the House of Commons speaker John Bercow and female members of the London Assembly accusing him of sexist behaviour.
Evidence of Johnson’s views towards women can be found throughout his career.
In 1996, while a journalist for the Telegraph, Johnson went to the Labour conference and wrote a piece reviewing the quality of “the hot totty” who were present.
“The unanimous opinion is that what has been called the ‘Tottymeter’ reading is higher than at any Labour Party conference in living memory,” he wrote.
He adds that: “Time and again the ‘Tottymeter’ has gone off as a young woman delegate mounts the rostrum.”
In an attempt to explain the trend of women shifting their allegiances to the Labour party, Johnson suggests that it is either due to the party’s “planned erosion of male liberty — such as ending the right to drink in public places,” or because of “Labour’s most bizarre promise, that women will be more promiscuous if Mr Blair comes to power.”
However, he concludes that the real reason women are turning to Labour is because of their natural “fickleness.”
“The real reason why Blackpool is buzzing with glamorous women is surely that they scent victory. It is not the great smell of Brut that makes John Prescott attractive. It is the whiff of power. With the fickleness of their sex, they are following the polls.”
‘Emotional’ women are often ‘blubbing blondes’ or ‘collapsing with emotion’
Johnson also brought his admiration for “hot totty” into the office, pinning a Pirelli calendar to his desk, which featured nude photography, despite complaints from female colleagues.
Boasting of his decision, Johnson told Telegraph readers that the calendar “caused something of a stir.”
“They made women feel embarrassed, I was told,” he wrote.
“I’d hate to stand next to some guy and try to get my point across while May was on display,” said one woman.
‘Just pat her on the bottom and send her on her way’
In a farewell piece in the Spectator marking his exit as editor, Johnson offered the following advice to his successor.
“Once the fire is going well, you may find your eyes drifting to the lovely striped chesterfield across the room. Is it the right size, you wonder, for a snooze. . . ?” he wrote.
“You come round …read more
Source:: Business Insider