Delighted to see that Muslim women are clearly as bloody-minded as the rest of us when it comes to officious politicians telling them what they should and shouldn’t be doing, and of course I’m always pleased to see MPs giving local businesses a boost.
Jack Straw’s comments on veils have been good news for the owner of The Hijab Centre in the MP’s constituency of Blackburn. Nadeem Siddiqui tells me he is selling more veils than he did before his local MP made his controversial remarks. Mr Siddiqui is the largest seller of veils in the area. “I used to sell two or three a week but now I am selling five to six. They are mainly being bought by young, British-born Muslim women,” he said. “These women are experimenting with the wearing of the niqab. Their mothers often do not cover themselves but they seem to want to do it.
Maybe, though, the fact that despite Mr Siddiqui’s sales having doubled he still only sells six veils a week tells us that they still aren’t an astonishingly good seller, even in Blackburn. Still, it got Jack Straw’s name in the papers, and that’s far more important than turning the tabloid pack loose to bully women over what they’re wearing.
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