Does a niqab or burqa make the wearer look like a bank robber? An armed gang’s preferred choice of facial covering traditionally has been either the stocking mask or a customised balaclava, though perhaps those disguises are now as dated as the re-runs of The Sweeney in which they once featured.
On the face of it, a full-length, flowing robe is not the most streamlined outfit in which a baddie might dash off with ill-gotten gains and clamber into a waiting getaway car. However, Google and YouTube instantly provide a surprising number of heists carried out by villains in full burqa.
As the nation constantly seeks new ways in which to celebrate diversity, it presumably is cause for rejoicing that criminal disguises have become more multicultural. Even so, ‘a [face-covered] female student . . . at school or at a university lecture’ being likened by Boris Johnson to a ‘bank robber’ was a rather odd comparison, though Boris’s alternative description of those who display only their eyes as ‘looking like letterboxes’ certainly is aesthetically accurate.
Johnson’s view, as expressed in his Daily Telegraph column, that the burqa is ‘oppressive and ridiculous’ ought to be the opinion of everyone bar those of a medieval mindset. Predictably, though, Boris’s description upset the increasingly preposterous Conservative peer Lady Warsi and worried other party faint-hearts, including party chairman Brandon Lewis, who are scared of anyone who publicly takes offence.
Faced with faux outrage from the Left and terrified of not being politically correct, it therefore became inevitable that the chief milksop herself, Theresa May, would also call for Boris to apologise. She is pathetic.
Thankfully, at the time of writing Boris has determinedly resisted pressure to say sorry for his article containing what should the uncontroversial opinion that ‘it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces’. However, what should be axiomatic is now heresy amongst the so-called progressives of the Left, who rigorously police language that might offend Islamic sensibilities while ignoring cultural atrocities, examples of which recently were documented by Laura Perrins here and here.
According to Naz Shah, the Muslim Labour MP for Bradford West, Johnson’s article was ‘ugly and naked Islamophobia’. In a letter to Tory chairman Lewis, the shadow minister for women and equalities pompously demanded that Boris be forced to attend ‘a course of training and engagement with the Islamic community’. In other words, rather like the ‘abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere’ who previously were the subject of Shah’s notorious retweet, Boris must learn to shut his mouth ‘for the good of diversity’.
Although it is the parliamentary recess, one hoped Jess Phillips would be attending to more pressing constituency matters rather than her grandstand by reporting Boris Johnson to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, allegedly for ‘refusing a service to someone based upon at least two of the protected characteristics’.
Dear @EHRC I'd like to report Boris Johnson for refusing a service to someone based on at least two of the protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act, 2010. Thanks will send official notice shortly https://t.co/2QCP0EVyF8
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) August 6, 2018
Boris transgressed at least two of the protected characteristics? Jess presumably is going for ‘sex’ and ‘religion or belief’ as her twin bankers and is taking a punt on ‘race’ being a third. Not that Boris has ever actually refused to, as Jess put it, service a woman (fnarr), he merely hypothesised that when meeting a constituent with a face covering ‘I should feel fully entitled to ask her to remove it so that I could talk to her properly.’
This is a sentiment almost identical to that expressed in 2006 by Jack Straw when he was Labour MP for Blackburn, albeit one he spinelessly recanted at the next election four years later when courting Muslim votes.
A current Labour MP who also will be conscious of her client vote is Walthamstow’s Stella Creasy, who in a garbled tweet intended to defend the wearing of the niqab and burqa warned that the ‘racist and misogynist’ Boris is about to go ‘full Morrissey’ – a comparison which, for some reason, brings to mind The Smiths’ track which Morrissey titled Barbarism Begins at Home.
Dear Tory leadership voters – one of the potential candidates thinks you want Bannon not Boris on the ballot paper. Make sure you tell him being a Buffoon not being a racist and misogynist more British and more your bag before he goes full morrissey… #21stcenturycalling https://t.co/3FfifuotUx
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) August 6, 2018
Of course, the Left’s outrage train seldom pulls out without David Lammy being aboard, especially when the Member for Tottenham opportunistically can signal racism or bigotry in an opponent. Asserting with no evidence whatsoever that ‘Muslim women are having their burqas pulled off by thugs in our streets’, according to Lammy ‘our pound shop Trump is fanning the flames of Islamophobia to propel his grubby electoral ambitions’.
Muslim women are having their burkas pulled off by thugs in our streets & Boris Johnson's response is to mock them for "looking like letter boxes." Our pound-shop Donald Trump is fanning the flames of Islamophobia to propel his grubby electoral ambitions.https://t.co/51YTjIdT4x
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) August 6, 2018
By coincidence, on the same day he tweeted a swipe at ‘muppet’ David Cameron, whose ‘monumental Brexit mess’ Lammy and his fellow EU-fanatics selflessly are ‘trying to clear up’.
So glad David Cameron is all loved up and enjoying the party at the Wilderness Festival. Sorry the rest of us could not make it, we're busy trying to clean up your monumental Brexit mess. Cheers Dave, you muppet.https://t.co/OC7ZMmQ168
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) August 6, 2018
David Lammy’s ‘clearing-up’ operation began in June 2016, immediately after the vote to Leave, when he argued for parliament to ‘end this madness’ by overturning the ‘advisory, non-binding referendum’; and more recently, David excelled himself by congratulating fellow Remainiac Gary Lineker for his unwillingness to ‘pander to the “will of the people” bollocks’ – or as this ‘bollocks’ is more commonly known, democracy.
Lammy remains devoted to the European Union, a collective in which a number of member states – including Denmark – already outlaw the public wearing of the burqa and demand that women’s faces be seen; yet simultaneously he denounces Boris Johnson for ‘Islamophobia’, in spite of BoJo having forcibly reiterated his opposition to there being a similar ban in the UK on what ‘a free-born adult woman . . . may or may not wear, in a public place, when she is simply minding her own business’. It is indeed curious that David Lammy’s desperate wish is to remain aligned to EU countries whose policies he presumably must regard as ultra-Islamophobic; however, it is a double standard of which Lammy is unlikely to be aware. Mind you, on the evidence of this clip there is very little of which David is aware . . .