Time for me to get all Daily-Maily on you with these two stories:
It’s all a game and once again this just proves it. On the one hand, a tiny number of Muslim women in France, around two thousand, cover themselves up from tip to toe with just a slit to see out of, and this is portrayed as something really awful, and calls go out in the UK for a ban here as well, meanwhile toilets for squatting over are being opened in a shopping centre in Rochdale thanks to silly people attending a course on “community cohesion”.
Politicians in France united yesterday to ban Islamic veils that cover a woman’s face, which some described as ‘walking coffins’.
Deputies in the country’s 557-seat lower house, the National Assembly, voted in favour of the ban by 335 votes to one. [Socialists and Greens abstained].
This leads to the conclusion that EU and UN charters which “guarantee” religious freedom are worthless. And not just for Christians!
Here in Britain,
Support for a ban… has come from Tory backbencher Philip Hollobone and the UK Independence Party.
Mr Hollobone has tabled a private members’ bill which would make it illegal for anyone to cover their face in public.
The Kettering MP, who has previously likened full face veils to ‘going round with a paper bag over your head’, said: ‘It is unnatural for someone to cover their face and it not a religious requirement.
‘We are never going to have a fully integrated society if an increasing proportion of the population cover their faces’.
His Face Coverings (Regulation) Bill is the first of its kind in Britain, and is one of only 20 private members’ bills drawn in a ballot for the chance to make it into the statute books.
The bill, which had its first reading in June, stands little chance of becoming law due to limited Parliamentary time and a lack of support from the main political parties.
Mr Hollobone has insisted that his bill has widespread public support: ‘People feel that something should be done about burkas, but so many are afraid to speak out for fear of being labelled a racist.
Well sorry, but if you are going to ban the burka because the face is covered, you’ll also have to ban these people…
Apparently, Tomatoman has been spotted in Berlin, “spreading the word about the goodness of tomatoes”. He made a brief stopover at Fruitlogística, where he “scared a few children into eating their veggies”. Sometimes, scary is good! Would the Righteous five-a-dayers really unmask this caped crusader?
Lord Buckethead stood for election in Mrs Thatcher’s Finchley seat in 1987. It is too late for him to get involved in French politics.
Forget hoodies, this chap could be walking on very thin ice soon. I wore a snorkel parka like this to school in the Seventies, as did many of my schoolmates. If it becomes illegal for someone to cover his face, he’ll be a borderline case, and as some of today’s clueless coppers won’t know the law, he’ll probably be arrested for having “a suspected link to Al Qaeda”.
According to Mr Hollobone,
Part of the British way of life is walking down the street, smiling at people and saying hello, whether you know them or not. You cannot have this everyday human interaction if you cover your face.
Crocodile Dundee did that when he went to New York for the first time. Here in the real world – in today’s Britain – it still happens in friendly places, such as where I live, which has not yet been totally destroyed by the social engineers, but in many places it is a thing of the distant past and the burka is as much to blame as Tomato Man.
I’ll tell you what really irks some people about the burka. It is seen as a sign of oppression; of male domination. This is why the French are going to these extraordinary lengths,
Men caught forcing a woman to wear a burka or a niqab will face a year in prison or a £25,000 fine.
It is no longer the husband’s prerogative to decide how he wants his wife to dress, but the State’s. And why?
The garments are seen as undermining women’s rights and a threat to France’s secular status.
And we thought it was supposed to be about public safety!
On the other hand, what may threaten public (health and) safety, in Rochdale at least, is this,
From next week, shoppers in Rochdale who push open the cubicle door expecting the reassuring sight of a modern, clean lavatory could instead be faced with little more than a hole in the ground.
Bosses of the Greater Manchester town’s Exchange mall have installed two as part of an upgrade costing several thousand pounds after attending a cultural awareness course run by a local Muslim community activist.
Shopping centre managers decided to install these things after attending a cultural training course, which was
…hosted by Ghulam Rasul Shahzad, a retired Rochdale Council training officer who runs courses for the groups including the police on cultural understanding and community cohesion.
A former Labour council candidate, Mr Shahzad received the OBE from the Queen last month for his services to the community and social housing.
He was last year given a Community Crimefighter Award by the then Prime Minister, Mr Brown.
Mr Shahzad took shopping centre manager Lorenzo O’Reilly and his team on a tour around Rochdale’s Central Mosque, including a look at its toilets, as part of the course.
‘The management at the centre were very committed to improving the service they offered to the community and were very responsive,’ he said.
Isn’t it odd how one person can speak, even one with no authority, and everyone jumps to attention. I call that misplaced respect. Or fear?
A spokeswoman for the centre said: ‘We regularly receive cultural awareness training from Ghulam and when we were planning the toilets this was something that cropped up.’
Of course, at no time will our own culture be preserved or valued if there is a culture clash.
As a result, when the facilities reopen next Monday, both the ladies’ and gents’ will have a cubicle containing a squat toilet.
Turkish or squat toilets are favoured over flush toilets in many parts of Asia as they don’t require expensive modern plumbing systems.
Erm, is this a problem in Rochdale? I never realised that “The North” is so deprived.
Mike Bone, of the British Toilet Association, warned the washing facilities associated with squat toilets could pose a hygiene hazard.
‘Space for public toilets in places like shopping centres is already at a premium, and if this is meant to cater for Muslims we would point out that the vast majority use normal toilets in their own homes.’
So when the other cubicles are engaged, someone will have to squat against their will and probably also to their disgust and that includes most Muslims.
I expect managers are even now planning to install these unhygenic holes in NHS hospitals.