Jonathan Dimbleby discussed Any Questions on BBC Radio 4’s Any Answers yesterday.
Questions of the week deferred to Jack Straw’s agenda since he brought up the matter of Muslim Veils and whether it was appropriate for him to politely ask any Muslim lady to remove the veil when she visited him at his office.
People who phoned in to discuss this topic were unseen by me and Jonathan Dimbleby because they were on the phone and on the radio, both of which are virtual veils that would disadvantage Jack Straw, who is “uncomfortable” if he is unable to see the facial expression of the person he is speaking to.
A Muslim lady called to register her disappointment with Jack Straw who had apparently insulted Muslim women who had the right to choose how they dressed. Jonathan Dimbleby skilfully detected that lady was in fact a WASP lady that had converted to Islam
A man then called to refute the myth that Muslim women had the right to choose their dress. The veil is imposed by fear, he explained and Jonathan Dimbleby skilfully detected that the man was an Iranian.
John Prescott came onto Andrew Marr’s show this morning to distance the government from Jack Straw’s “personal view” of the Muslim veil, by way of an anecdote about a trip he made to India where he was invited to a wedding and was surprised by the veiled bride when she spoke to him in a Luton accent.
“Aye aye, Mr Prescott, I’ve seen you on the television”, said.the veiled bride.
Mr. Prescott explained to Andrew Marr that he had no trouble communicating with the woman, and “she was right beautiful”, he explained.
It is of course the very point of the veil to hide the brides beauty from the preying eyes of the likes of Mr Prescott.
Mr Prescott’s beauty was there to behold by all.
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