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Parliament debates burka ban

Parliament debates burka ban | News | Scoop.it

MPs will debate whether to ban the burka today, as the first of a tranche of radically right-wing private members bills hit the Commons.

Philip Hollobone's bill would make it illegal to wear a garment with the "primary purpose to obscure the face" in a public place.

He camped out overnight with fellow right-wing Tory MPs Peter Bone and Christopher Chope earlier this summer in a bid to secure a debate on a variety of private member bills.

The move saw the trio emerge with proposed legislation that will not help David Cameron's mission to 'decontaminate' the Tory brand, including demands for the privatisation of the BBC, a Margaret Thatcher day, a referendum on equal marriage and the reintroduction of capital punishment.

The bills will dominate Fridays in parliament until February 28th 2014, potentially damaging the party's chances of attracting ethnic minority voters or those north of the border.

 

A weakness among ethnic minority voters could become an Achilles' heel for the Conservatives, with a recent study finding they could decide the MP in 70% more seats in 2015 than in 2010.

Currently, just 16% of ethnic minority voters lend the Conservatives their support and many observers expect that percentage will decline in the wake of populist anti-immigrant drives, such as the so-called 'racist vans' and stop checks by UK Border Agency officers at Tube stations.

Hollobone's bill proposes that "a person wearing a garment or other object intended by the wearer as its primary purpose to obscure the face in a public place shall be guilty of an offence".

It adds that "a person providing a public service in person to a member of the public or receiving a public service in person from a public official shall remove any garment or other object intended by the wearer as its primary purpose to obscure the face unless such garment or other object is reasonably required for reasons of health or safety".

It allows for exceptions on the basis of health and safety or "for the purposes of art, leisure or entertainment".

When he last tried to ban the burka, Hollobone caused controversy by revealing that he would refuse to meet constituents who were wearing the burqa or the niqab.

"I would ask her to remove her veil," he said.

"If she said 'no', I would take the view that she could see my face, I could not see hers, I am not able to satisfy myself she is who she says she is.

"I would invite her to communicate with me in a different way, probably in the form of a letter."

A similar law was enacted in France in 2010, where the political culture places a heavy emphasis on the secular state, but it has resulted in rioting and violence against police in Paris.

It has been condemned by human rights groups, who say it infringes on religious and personal freedom.

There were also strong signs the ban led to an increase in Islamophobic attacks.

But there is strong support for a ban. Eighty per cent of French people supported the law and in the UK the figure stands at 66%, according to a 2011 YouGov survey.

Hollobone's concerns around the burka are shared by a minority of MPs across the House. In 2006, former Labour home secretary Jack Straw said he felt "uncomfortable" talking to constituents who wore the veil.

The Hollobone bill has no chance of becoming law. MPs will also debate the national service bill, the European Communities Act 1972 (repeal) bill today.

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The Picture That John Kerry Really Doesn’t Want You To See - A Nice Cosy Dinner With 'Very Generous' Assad - David Icke Website

The Picture That John Kerry Really Doesn’t Want You To See - A Nice Cosy Dinner With 'Very Generous' Assad - David Icke Website | News | Scoop.it
David Icke - Exposing the dreamworld we believe to be real
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After 200 years, the census is axed: Critics accuse Government of ending ten-yearly headcount to try and hide truth about immigration

After 200 years, the census is axed: Critics accuse Government of ending ten-yearly headcount to try and hide truth about immigration | News | Scoop.it
An announcement axing the survey is expected this month, together with moves to find cheaper ways of counting the population.
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Hacked Email Of US Intelligence Colonel Shows Pentagon’s Involvement In Chemical Attack In Syria | Middle East

Hacked Email Of US Intelligence Colonel Shows Pentagon’s Involvement In Chemical Attack In Syria | Middle East | News | Scoop.it
The situation in Syria is still in the focus of world media. Experts predict another U.S. aggression for “human rights”. Washington regularly declares its readiness to attack Syria. The official version – to punish al-Assad and Syrian army for the...
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David Cameron pledges another £52 million of your money in foreign aid to Syria :: Britain First

David Cameron pledges another £52 million of your money in foreign aid to Syria :: Britain First | News | Scoop.it
Paul's insight:

Britain is skint, broke, nothing in the bank – at least if you listen to the politicians.

 

It’s a time of belt tightening and cutbacks, not that our Dhimmi Prime Minister David Cameron seems to have cut back much.

 

The last few months seem to have seen him get all tubby, perhaps he’s comfort eating to escape the shambles that is his pathetic coalition government.

 

Thwarted – for now – of his chance for war with Syria, he’s determined to spend our money there somehow.


If it’s not on cruise missiles then it’s on foreign aid – he’s just pledged another £52 million of your cash to deal with the ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Syria.

 

That’s on top of the £175 million we already announced for the country (and our biggest single foreign aid donation ever).

 

Funny how there’s never any money at home, all our services are cut back, we have people reliant on foodbanks to survive, homeless on our streets, and everything is falling apart, yet we can find £millions at the drop of a hat for the problems of a foreign nation.

 

Camoron is awfully generous with your money – until it actually comes to spending it on the things you want, then it seems the bank of the British taxpayer is closed.

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Lee Rigby's mother: 'As soon as I heard of a soldier's death, I knew it was my son'

Lee Rigby's mother: 'As soon as I heard of a soldier's death, I knew it was my son' | News | Scoop.it

The mother of murdered soldier Lee Rigby said she knew her son had been killed as soon as she heard a soldier had died in London. Fusilier Rigby was killed in an attack in the street outside Woolwich Barracks in south east London in May. His mother, Lyn, said after her daughter, Sara McClure, told her about the incident, she suspected it was her son. "She said about a soldier had been killed in London and I think I knew then that it was Lee because Lee always used to phone me if anything had happened or somebody had been killed in Afghanistan, anything to do with soldiers being hurt," she told ITV's This Morning. "He'd always phone me just to put my mind at rest. Ms Rigby rang her son's phone without answer, and was not officially told the news until around 2am the following morning. "I was going to bed because you think 12 hours later it's not Lee, we'd have known. I was trying to convince the little ones because they wouldn't go to bed, but I knew in my head it was." She went on: "The door actually went and I knew who was at the door. Two o'clock in the morning, you don't get visitors at that time." Ms Rigby added: "I opened the door and my world just crashed." She said breaking the news to her daughter was "the hardest thing I had to do". Fusilier Rigby, a drummer in the 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (2RRF), was killed as he returned to Woolwich barracks from the Tower of London on May 22. He had served in Afghanistan as a machine gunner and was attached to the regimental recruiting team when he was hacked to death in broad daylight. Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, have been charged his murder. Fusilier Rigby's stepfather, Ian Rigby, said the family would only attend the start and end of the whole trial, due to start at the Old Bailey in November. Ms Rigby said: "I think it will just set me back down again."

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DHS Warns Of Coming Natural Disaster: False Flag Prep Or Do They Know Something That We Don't Know? | U. S. Politics

DHS Warns Of Coming Natural Disaster: False Flag Prep Or Do They Know Something That We Don't Know? | U. S. Politics | News | Scoop.it
The outgoing head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has left a cryptic message on her departure as shared in this Beforeitsnews story from The Liberator and the extremely informative video below from MaKaElectric.
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EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack | News | Scoop.it
Rebels and local residents in Ghouta accuse Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan of providing chemical weapons to an al-Qaida linked rebel group.
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