Not Saussure

January 22, 2007

Shaking hands with Sir Ian

Filed under: Spin — notsaussure @ 7:13 pm

The Telegraph reports

Scotland Yard said yesterday that a Muslim woman police who refused to shake hands with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police at her passing-out ceremony would be dismissed if she did not “engage” with people as other officers do.Sir Ian Blair personally congratulated all 200 recruits at a ceremony in London last month, but shook hands with only 199 after the woman specifically requested that she should not be required to do so, apparently for religious reasons.

She also asked not to have her photograph taken with Sir Ian, Scotland Yard said, but a spokesman refused to confirm reports that the officer had cited her concern that a picture would be used for “propaganda purposes”.

Do we actually know that her objection to shaking Sir Ian by the hand was religiously founded, I wonder? Seems to me that it’s not only Muslims who have problems with the Commissioner.

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