Boris accused of lacking respect at Sikh temple

June 02 2017

FOREIGN Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to east Bristol in the general election campaign did not go quite as planned.

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FOREIGN Secretary Boris Johnson’s visit to east Bristol in the general election campaign did not go quite as planned.

The colourful politician was accompanying Theo Clarke, the Conservative who hopes to take the seat from Labour’s Kerry McCarthy, on a visit to the Nirman Sewak Jatha-Sikh Temple in Summerhill Road.

But things went wrong when he spoke approvingly of the prospect of increased whisky exports to India after Brexit.

One woman, Balbir Kaur, took Mr Johnson to task for promoting alcohol among Sikhs, whose religion prohibits drinking. She said his comments were disrespecful,.

Later, Mr Johnson upset others with his answers to questions about the Skih Genocide in 1984, halal food labelling and supporting teachers from minority ethnic backgrounds.

The visit ended with a talk to the Voice, the Bristol Post and Radio Bristol - the only media invited - in which little was revealed about the Tory manifesto, due out the next day.

Reports and recordings of Mr Johnson’s remarks attracted widespread publicity, while his visit to a cafe in Yate, where TV cameras had been invited, drew scant attention.