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April 01, 2010

Ban the burka

Pending a vote in Parliament later this month, Belgium is set to be the first European "nation" to ban the burka.*

Under the proposals, women could face a week in prison or a fine for wearing a veil in public.
The text of the new law does not specifically mention burkas but makes it illegal for anyone to wear clothing ‘that covers all or most of the face’ in any public place.

* "Nation", indeed. To cite Charles de Gaulle, Belgium is a country invented by the British to annoy the French. I am delighted to observe it is still working.

Meanwhile: Lest we forget what brought about this cultural contretemps (via Gates of Vienna).

“The recruitment of labourers in the 1960s”, Van de Beek said, “was an economic disaster. The stated intent here was to keep wages down, but we would have been better served by letting them rise. The switch from an industrial economy to one dependent on capital was inevitable for us to be competitive internationally. It would have been best to make that change in the 1960s, when the economy was booming. Finally, we had to restructure the economy anyway and many of the immigrants who came here in the 1960s were laid off in the 1970s and 1980s and ended up on benefits.”

Welcome to the entire Western world.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 1, 2010 07:37 AM