by danielbarker on 27 September, 2019
Taken from a report in today’s METRO
Boris Johnson’s sister has accused him of being ‘very tasteless’, ‘reprehensible’ and using the House of Commons as a ‘bully pulpit’.
Rachel Johnson laid into her brother following opposition MPs’ claims that the prime minister’s use of terms such as ‘betrayal’ and ‘surrender’ while discussing Brexit was encouraging death threats.
She spoke out after MP Paula Sherriff said on Wednesday night that care with words was needed after the murder of MP Jo Cox, shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist in 2016. Mr Johnson had responded by dismissing her warnings as ‘humbug’, then later said ‘The best way to honour the memory of Jo Cox…would be to get Brexit done.’
Ms Johnson said she was appalled by the prime minister’s behaviour.
She continued: ‘My brother is using words like surrender, capitulation, as if the people who are standing in the way should be hung, drawn, quartered, tarred and feathered. And I think it is highly reprehensible language to use.’
Mrs Cox’s widower, Brendan, said he felt ‘sick’ at the way his late wife’s name was being used.
Meanwhile, the daughter of Yvette Cooper MP yesterday revealed how she fears for her mother’s safety after the murder of Jo Cox, and accused Boris Johnson of ‘using language that helps incite violence’. Ellie Cooper wrote on Twitter that she was ‘scared every single day’ that her mother could also be attacked. She said her family home is now fitted with panic buttons, industrial locks and explosive bags to catch the post. Ms Cooper added that seeing her mother called a traitor and liar online left her scared it could happen again.
‘I rarely tweet, especially about politics – but…I just don’t think I can stay quiet anymore. There’s a group of young people that need to be spoken for. Boris Johnson, take a stand. It’s your job to unite the country.’
Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips tweeted on Wednesday she had received an ‘anonymous letter’ containing a death threat. A man was arrested for trying to ‘kick in the door’ of her constituency office while shouting that she was a ‘fascist’. West Midlands police confirmed a 36-year old man had been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.
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