Lord Blackadder has weighed into the burka debate by excusing Boris Johnson’s remarks as merely a bit of political manoeuvring.
Blackadder, who knows more than a thing or two about scheming to increase his power base, spoke to reporters this morning saying, “There’s not a racist or Islamophobic bone in the ever-increasing expanse of Boris Johnson’s body.
“Sometimes, as part of a cunning plan – a genuinely cunning plan, that is, not one of Baldrick’s hare-brained schemes – you need to say these things to garner support from a certain group of people in the event of a palace coup, or in his case a Tory leadership challenge.
“The seemingly throwaway line was cunningly disguised to ensure it was picked up in the media and to create a public discussion about the subject of burkas, all while giving Bors plausible deniability. Now, the sort of people who think burkas are a disgrace and make jokes in the pub about the ‘paki shop’ are more than keen on the idea of Boris as Prime Minister.
“Job done, as it were.”
He added, “Of course, I don’t really know what he’s talking about as I’ve never even met a Muslim.
“I was happy to let the dafter members of the English gentry risk life and limb fighting the Muslims in the religious crusades abroad whilst I stayed at home entertaining their wives, but I don’t think Boris really means anything that he says.
“He’s just doing a spot of scheming, and fair play to him. Politicians hardly go into politics for the benefit of others, do they?”