Reader letter: We should say no to women wearing veils
JEREMY Brown MP has raised an important point about people hiding their faces in public – the face is the main means of identification and understanding the wearer's mood. But he has exaggerated the problem by suggesting that all head coverings should be prohibited.
This is nonsense. Wearing a turban or skullcap or nun's wimple or headscarf (Muslim wearer or not) does not hide the face.
What has to be banned is the Muslim niqab, just as the western fashion of bare arms for women is banned in Muslim countries. There is no reason why we should tolerate its use in Britain just because we are co-signers of the Human Rights Act. How much tolerance is there in Muslim countries? It has to be remembered that some foreign practices and fashions are regarded as alien in this country, and this has to be recognised by those practitioners.
And now we have this latest outrageous proposal for discussion of Muslim medical staff being allowed to wear veils in medical buildings. How stupid are matters getting?
Patients need to see as well as hear medical advice being given to them, let alone the health risk attached to loose clothing. When will sense prevail in this country?