Very good piece in Five Chinese Crackers about the tabloid coverage of Shabnam Mughal, who got into trouble with George Glossop, an immigration judge (or ‘immigration adjudicator’, as he would have been called until recently), for wearing a veil in court — which, as FCC notes, the Telegraph tells us she’s been doing for the last couple of years without anyone complaining until now.
Immigration judge Glossop seems to have problems with his hearing; he apparently
asked Miss Mughal on Monday if she would “kindly remove her veil to assist with communication”. He told her: “It will allow me to see your face and I cannot hear you as well as I would like.”
Since his hearing problems clearly cause him difficulties not encountered by other tribunals before which Miss Mughal appears, possibly he could be assigned demanding work than hearing cases (or supplied with a hearing aid, of course). I’m all in favour of disability rights, of course, but keeping somone on in a role that clearly causes him such difficulties is, surely, an example of political correctness gone mad. And we can’t be having with that, can we?
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