Saturday, 16 January 2010
UKIP PROPOSE BAN ON WEARING OF BURKAS AND NIQABS IN PUBLIC
The UK Independence Party is to call for a ban on the burka and the niqab — the Islamic cloak that covers women from head to toe and the mask that conceals most of the face — claiming they affront British values.
The policy, which a number of European countries are also debating, is an attempt by UKIP to broaden its appeal and address the concerns of disaffected white working-class voters. UKIP would be the first national party to call for a total ban on burkas, though the far-Right BNP believes they should be banned from schools.
Lord Pearson of Rannoch, the leader of UKIP, said yesterday: “We are taking expert advice on how we could do it. It makes sense to ban the burka — or anything which conceals a woman’s face — in public buildings. But we want to make it possible to ban them in private buildings. It isn’t right that you can’t see someone’s face in an airport.” He explained that UKIP wanted to bring to the fore the issue of the increasing influence of Sharia in Britain: “We are not Muslim bashing, but this is incompatible with Britain’s values of freedom and democracy.” (Strange choice of words when you want to ban something).
I think it will be surprising how many people will vote for a 'single issue party' at the coming election. I just caught the tail end of 'Question Time' last night, but I'm sure I heard one of the panelists saying that one of her constituents was going to vote BNP because 'they were going to sort out the wheelie bins'! Sometimes you forget how stupid people can be. I think if I was in England, my vote would certainly be going to UKIP. Are UKIP the 'thinking mans'" BNP. I don't think so and they are promising to flesh out their policies unlike some of the other parties. Remember they came second to the Tories in England in the EURO elections and depending on how many votes they get, the election will be greatly influenced. If Labour lose votes to the BNP, them the Tories will lose votes to UKIP, particularly amongst disaffected Tory voters who wanted a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.