The burqa was banned in France . . . and then there was light

Will Sarko’s veil ban improve life in France? Yeah right.

From the BBC website:

France's Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban wearing the Islamic full veil in public.

The proposed measure was already backed by the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, in July.

The ban will come into force in six months' time if it is not overturned by constitutional judges.

. . . On Tuesday, the Senate voted 246 to 1 in favour of the bill.

Now that the nation's legislature has tackled, head-on, the "threat" posed to the country's constitution and to French "values" by 2,000 veiled Muslim women, I guess France will finally become the secular, integrated, cohesive, liberal utopia that the burqa's opponents have always wanted it to be.

In fact, I am convinced that this historic vote will, overnight, solve the problems of poverty, unemployment, discrimination and racism which blight the nation's various minority communities -- but, in particular, the Muslims in the banlieues.

Oh, and 246 to 1? Good to see there was a proper debate . . . !

UPDATE:

I see that the burqa ban will apply to foreigners, too. What will happen to all the rich, veiled women from the Gulf who come to shop in Paris along the Champs Élysées and the rue Saint-Honoré? Will French tourism take a hit?

 

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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David Cameron is enlisting a tactic from a Private Eye cartoon to get young people to vote

CringeyMcCringeFace. 

Your mole was heartened to learn last week David Cameron is concerned about the youth vote in the upcoming EU referendum – so much so that he has recruited some bona fide yoof experts to get them to the polling station.

We waited with baited breath to see what the experts – Facebook, Uber, a brand called Snap Fashion, and purveyors of blokey news The Lad Bible – would come up with in their brainstorming session. A sophisticated Facebeook ad campaign? Polling station Ubers? Get the lads out on the doorsteps?

Instead, the wise millennial prophets (specifically the founder of Snap Fashion) came up with "VoteyMcVoteFace", a campaign in which young people would share pictures of their "vote face" on social media, which launched over the weekend. Because the young love selfies, you see. And they all wanted that boat to have that silly name

According to the Financial Times, a source said David Cameron was pleased with the idea. "The PM believes it is essential that we all do everything we can to encourage more young people to register to vote in a referendum that will have such a huge impact on their future."

He may be less pleased to know that the idea was in fact touted before - according to James Cook's Twitter feed, in Private Eye:

Your mole hasn't ascertained which issue the cartoon appeared in, though images of it were being shared as early as 13 May

Great minds think alike. Your mole would have opted for Quiet Millennial Batpeople, personally. 

I'm a mole, innit.