Political Party Calls for Ban on Burka: "Affront to UK Values"
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.
The UKIP political party takes its lead from France, where the burka was banned recently. This raises a debate as to how far people should be allowed to choose their own clothing - assuming it does not offend public decency.
One argument is that CCTV cameras cannot see the person's face, but many celebrities and others, who do not want to be filmed every time they step foot outside of their front door go to the length of covering their faces with large sun glasses or a baseball cap.
The other argument, of course, is that the burka is oppressive to women. The man who makes them wear it is in effect saying he does not want other men looking at his "property". If the woman is in agreement because of religious belief, or she herself prefers the privacy a burka affords, how far can we dictate that she is not allowed to?
Having said that, it can be quite unnerving passing someone in the street dressed head to foot all in black with the face covered.