Boris Johnson hits out at ‘disgraceful’ treatment of DJ in BBC racism row
London mayor says Britain is living in a ‘Boko Haram world’ and calls for BBC to give radio presenter David Lowe his job back.
Boris Johnson has claimed the treatment of a veteran BBC radio DJ who says he was forced to quit because he accidentally played a song containing the N-word was “utterly disgraceful”.
BBC Radio Devon broadcaster David Lowe found himself in hot water after airing an 82-year-old version of The Sun Has Got His Hat On, which featured the racial slur.
Johnson said Britain was living in a “Boko Haram world”, in reference to the terrorist network that kidnapped over 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. Boko Haram forbids Muslims to take part in any political or social activity connected to western society and has killed more than 1,500 people this year.
In his Daily Telegraph column, Johnson wrote: “In our own modest way, we live in a Boko Haram world, where it all depends on the swirling rage of the internet mob, and where terrified bureaucrats and politicians are borne along on a torrent of confected outrage.
“There is no consistency in the outlook of the Nigerian maniacs: they use weapons produced by the very capitalist system they claim to deplore, for instance.
“There is certainly no logic at the BBC. They should restore Mr Lowe to his job – if he will take it – and the entire BBC board should go down to Devon to apologise in person, and at their own expense.”