14 October 2006

About face

Our sagacious former Home Secretary is a great fan of openness. Fearing that a covered face hides a treacherous heart, Muslim women from his constituency are asked to remove their veils before he will talk to them in his surgeries. He claims they are free to refuse this request, presumably in the same way they are free to visit another MP that represents them. So far he has yet to confirm whether he requires any other religious folk to remove random items of clothing to aid his understanding.

Apparently it is difficult for Jack to talk to someone if he can't see their face, so I guess he doesn't take any telephone calls - I'd send him an email to check, but I reckon he might feel threatened by my not asking face-to-face.

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