06 October 2006

Jack Straw's comments

I am personally a bit of fan of the Leader of Commons. I think he generally says the right thing at the right time.

I do not believe he is infallible, as in this case. I do not think that Jack Straw is right that it would be better for community relations if they did not wear veils. If they want to wear veils, that is their choice. They should not be asked to do something that they do not wish to do because of what someone else wants, at least not in this case. I don't believe that it harms community relations at all. What harms community relations is this sort of thing.

Comments are welcome.

Edited to be more accurate.


cassilis said...

There's a difference between the hibab & jilbab (where people's faces can be seen) and the Burkha which obscures everything but the eyes.

Surely Jack's entitled to be comfortable when discussing constituency matters and if this makes him less so he's entitled to point it out. How would his constituents feel if he wore a t-shirt with an image of Allah on it? Is that his right...?

Anonymous said...

Hmm, he is right to bring up the issue of integration but I'm not sure he did it in the right way.