Unrepentant, racist Johnson refuses to retract criticism of the Church over Rwanda

Justin Welby: the Archbishop is right and Boris Johnson is wrong – and racist.

If anything shows that Boris Johnson couldn’t care less about being fined for attending lockdown-busting parties, or his dishonesty to Parliament about it, it is this.

Instead of repeating his apology to each and every Conservative MP in a meeting on Tuesday evening, he instead opted to rally support by singling out an enemy for them to hate together: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Church of England.

His reason for whipping up this animosity?  Senior clergy had been “less vociferous” in their condemnation of Vladimir Putin than of plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Johnson’s claim is not true; both Mr Welby and the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, have denounced the invasion of Ukraine as “an act of great evil” and have called for Russian troops to withdraw.

But it seems Johnson is upset because his racist plan to send people to Rwanda if they arrive in the UK illegally has been opposed by the Church’s leaders on moral and ethical grounds.

In Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, Johnson said he had been surprised that the Church’s top clergy had opposed what he described as a plan to  “end the deaths at sea in the Channel as a result of cruel criminal gangs”.

But he has not explained how a plan to deport people who have arrived in the UK will stop deaths, at sea, of people who have not got here yet.

The plan to resettle migrants in the African dictatorship of Rwanda is riddled with serious issues to do with race and human rights, as described in this Vox Political article.

Johnson’s claim to be trying to stop Channel deaths is an attempt to gloss over the drawbacks in his policy – along with, indeed, his own racism.

Both he and his racist Home Secretary Priti Patel simply don’t want Johnny and Janey Foreigner taking asylum – which is legally theirs – in the UK. He’s upset with Welby and Cottrell for highlighting his shortcomings.

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