Had someone asked me a couple of weeks ago what a Burqa was or a Hijab I would have been struggling. I might have guessed it was worn by women I kind of knew that but which women? Again I would have struggled, Muslims; Arabs? is it Asian women or is it headscarves they wear? Anyway it clearly was not an issue with me, let people wear what they want was my attitude. Now I know that the Burqa is a garment worn by women of the religion Islam as is the Hijab and both are designed to preserve a woman’s modesty by stopping men who are not from their immediate family from seeing in the first case their bodies ‘Burqa’ and in the second their faces ‘Hijab’ This clearly IMO is a bit unfair on women as Islamic men are not obliged to cover up in public, still it’s the choice of some but unfortunately not all of these women which is not right but; I can’t see why it should stir up such a storm, perhaps they will change it themselves someday through their own preference.
Politics and the Media when combined together can sometimes throw up some rather odious and quite repellent characters one such is Tory MP Philip Hollobone who has decided to bring forward a bill which would ban these Islamic women from wearing such items of clothing. He states that he objects to speaking to someone who does not let him see their face which is something which we all do when we use emails; letters; telephone etc. as does this Tory opportunist. He senses an advantage for himself and with rat like cunning he reckons the red top rags will back him up; when times are hard it is handy to have someone who is different and looks different to blame and who could be more conspicuous than a woman covered from head to toe in a Burqa. Tory MP Hollobone also refers to wearing a Burqa as "like going around wearing a paper bag over your head" Obviously a well educated and charming man.
I don’t think that women covering themselves up in such a way is a good thing even if some women desire this, it does not seem to me to represent progress but; this Tory MP trying to get a bill to ban it through Parliament is grossly over the top and disproportionate. What this tells us though about the Tory MP and his party is that they have not changed and when they see the chance to play it; the “race card” is never far away.