UKIP , ban the burka!

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  1. From BBC News

    The burka and other face-covering veils worn by Muslim women should be banned, the UK Independence Party says.

    Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who leads UKIP's 13 MEPs in Brussels, told the BBC's Politics Show they were a symbol of an "increasingly divided Britain".

    He also said they "oppressed" women and were a potential security threat.

    But Schools Secretary Ed Balls said it was "not British" to tell people what to wear in the street, and accused UKIP of indulging in "unpleasant politics".

    Some European countries, including France, are debating banning the burka, but the issue has sparked controversy when it has been raised in the UK.

    UKIP is the first British party to call for a total ban, after the BNP called for it to be banned in Britain's schools.

    'Different culture'

    But Mr Farage said: "I can't go into a bank with a motorcycle helmet on. I can't wear a balaclava going round the District and Circle line.

    As long as they are not imposing it on anybody else they should have the right to wear it
    Salma Yaqoob, Respect leader

    "What we are saying is, this is a symbol. It's a symbol of something that is used to oppress women. It is a symbol of an increasingly divided Britain.

    "And the real worry - and it isn't just about what people wear - the real worry is that we are heading towards a situation where many of our cities are ghettoised and there is even talk about Sharia law becoming part of British culture."

    A "different" culture was "being forced on parts of Britain and nobody wants that", added Mr Farage, but he denied the policy was an attempt to grab votes from the BNP, insisting it had "nothing to do with the BNP".

    "There is nothing extreme or radical or ridiculous about this, but we can't go on living in a divided society," he told The Politics Show.

    He said his party was seeking to ban "covering of the face in public places and public buildings" but said it had not yet worked out such a ban would be enforced.

    Mr Balls said he was not surprised by Mr Farage's latest policy announcement, but he said no "sensible" or "mainstream" party in Britain would back a ban on face veils.

    'Freedom of speech'

    He told The Politics Show: "I wouldn't want to be part of a religion myself where we said to women and girls you have to wear a veil, but I also would not want to be in the kind of society where people were told how to dress when they walked down the streets.

    "So the idea that we would tell people that you cannot wear a veil in public, I think that's not British, it's unfair, it's not consistent with our traditions of liberty and freedom."

    Salma Yaqoob, leader of the anti-war Respect party, also criticised UKIP's proposed ban on the burka.

    "I certainly wouldn't want to wear it myself, but then to take it to a step where they are going to ban it because I feel uncomfortable with it is something I would say is very un-British because the British way of life is 'live and let live', freedom of speech, freedom of worship," she said.

    "As long as they are not imposing it on anybody else they should have the right to wear it."

    UKIP came second in last year's European elections, ahead of the Labour Party, but Mr Farage quit as leader to concentrate on trying to become the party's first MP at Westminster.

    His successor, Lord Pearson, has said he wants to step up the party's campaign against radical Islam.

    He told the Times the party was taking legal advice on how the burka, or any veil covering a woman's face, could be banned in public places and in private buildings such as airports.

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said the full burka is "not welcome" in France, but did not explicitly call for a ban, saying "no one should feel stigmatised" by any eventual law.

    A French parliamentary report on the issue is due out at the end of January.

    UKIP have just got my vote.
  2. The state telling people what to wear? Not sinister at all :evil: . Stand by for support for the idea from the usual suspects who think that the smoking ban and speed cameras are an outrage... :roll:
  3. Fugly

    Fugly LE DirtyBAT

    You're going to vote for a party purely because they want to ban ninja costumes?

    I think you're telling internet porkies, you outraged reactionist you.
  4. OK ,I'll be wearing a motorcycle helmet next time I go to the bank then.
  5. What chance this succeeding? France did it, but their political make up differs from ours entirely. This will face opposition from a government that wanted to rub the noses of objectors, traditional Britons fast losing their identity.

    The Burka hasn't earned the right to be welcomed.

    No place for the Burka in secular societies? probably not. No place for separatism, oppression of women, division and exclusion? Deffo.Covering women in black robes and balaclavas has no place in Britain unless we want to surrender to Islam, Sharia law and divided communities.
    Try getting in to a bank or most places wearing a motorcycle helmet or even a baseball cap, try getting through customs. It's been mooted however, that suspected Islamic players have slipped away through Airports.

    Then there's the big diversity issue we've developed along with multiculturalism in Britain. And which isn't going away any time soon whether it's working or not.
    Britain wants to be multicultural, sure, but apparently a few multiculturals don't want Britain apart from its benefits and freedom to do as they please, ideals not welcomed abroad in France and Australia.

    As we embrace diversity, we also welcome and tolerate radicalism, division, intolerance BY those whose ways and customs we seek to protect. Beaten into submission by protest groups and a government that can't afford to lose potential votes from communities like these. Call me an old reactionary, I have a voice you know :wink:

    Ban the Burka, yes.
  6. Not that different from clamping down on hoodies, though.
  7. No I was thinking of voting for them anyway because I'm disillusioned with the pathetic tories.

    This just seals the deal.
  8. Fugly

    Fugly LE DirtyBAT

    So have they got your vote or not then? The article you posted is a valid topic, but is your life so consumed by the fact that muslims opress their women that you would vote for a party purely because they oppose it?

    Edit: just seen your post above.
  9. See above before you bore me to death.
  10. And there's no reason why burkhas should be allowed there either; same for airports. However you're free to wear your motorcycle helmet, balaclava, scarf over the face etc in the street, so why should a muslim woman be prohibited from covering her face in public?
  11. Anything that makes them think twice about coming here is fine by me.
  12. That would be a reasonable point but for the fact that people have been wearing the Burka in those places, there was even an example of a man wearing it to escape the UK when he was wanted on terrorism charges, and any reasonable attempt to get people to remove it has been met with legal action and cries of Racism.

    It's much more simple to just ban it, it's not a religious thing anyway, just a backwards cultaral thing.
  13. Quite right too.

    Now tell me, are there any restrictions on clothing already extant in the UK? :)

    As you say, nothing sinister at all.

    PS. Personally I'd prefer many of the UK trollops to wear a burkha as looking at their flesh is quite revolting.
  14. :roll: edit that last sentence perhaps?
  15. This does seem to have an anti Muslim angle, they should have just said all face coverings be it a balaclava, hoodie or a Burka rather than just mainly focusing on Muslims.
    I almost agree with this bloke (or bird)
    I do agree with what he is saying but would also add so long as they don't use their religion as an excuse for being above the law.
    As for oppressed women, there are various parties (that I never get invited to)that are hosted dominatrixes and masters, if people want to be oppressed thats up to them as long as no one is forcing them