Boris Johnson compared to Hitler by head of Conservative Muslim Forum
Mohammed Amin branded the former foreign secretary a buffoon.
The chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum has made a comparison between Boris Johnson and Adolf Hitler.
Mohammed Amin said he would quit the Tory Party after many years as a member if the former foreign secretary was elected leader.
Mr Amin told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I am not prepared to be a member of a party that chooses him as its leader.
“I would resign after 36 years.”
A lot of Germans thought that Hitler was the right man for them Mohammed Amin
Asked about Mr Johnson’s popularity with grassroots members of the party, Mr Amin said: “There are many horrible people who have been popular. Popularity is not the test.
“The test is, is this person sufficiently moral to be prime minister, and I believe he fails that test.”
Mr Amin added: “A lot of Germans thought that Hitler was the right man for them.”
Told that that was a shocking comparison, Mr Amin said: “Yes.
“I am not saying Boris Johnson wants to send people to the gas chamber, clearly he doesn’t.
“He’s a buffoon.
“But he, as far as I’m concerned, has insufficient concern about the nature of truth for me to ever be a member of a party that he leads.”
Mr Amin went on: “We don’t expect our politicians, our prime ministers, to be saints.
“But we do require a basic level of morality and integrity.
“And of all the candidates in the Conservative Party leadership election, Boris Johnson is the only one that I believe fails that test.”
Mr Amin said a column Mr Johnson wrote last August comparing women who wore burkas to “letter boxes and bank robbers” had put some Muslim women at risk.
“He knew exactly what effect it would have – it would lead to Muslim women who wear niqab and burka being verbally abused on the streets; in certain cases being physically assaulted, with people trying to tear it off.
“He chose to mock Muslim women who wear niqab and burka for his own purposes.”
Former Cabinet minister Priti Patel backed Mr Johnson, telling the BBC: “That article was Boris’s very clear defence of women’s rights to wear whatever they like, and it was not written to mock in the way in which was asserted.”
We can only have that debate if our front-runner in this campaign is a little bit braver in terms of getting out into the media and actually engaging in debates Jeremy Hunt
Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Mr Johnson of hiding from the media and preventing a wider debate in the Tory Party.
He told the BBC: “We can only have that debate if our front-runner in this campaign is a little bit braver in terms of getting out into the media and actually engaging in debates. Engaging in the TV debates.”
Mr Hunt, who said he would take part in leadership TV debates, added: “What would Churchill say if someone who wants to be prime minister of the United Kingdom is hiding away from the media, not taking part in these big occasions?”
The Foreign Secretary refused to say if he believed Mr Johnson would be a good prime minister.
Mr Hunt said: “I hope he would be if he becomes prime minister.
“I don’t know the answer to that question in advance. But, if he gets the job, I will do everything in my power to make him a successful prime minister.”