Banning the burka: is it British?

There’s been a lot of talk in the press lately about whether or not British women should be wearing the Islamic face veil, following the proposal for a burka ban made by ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

In the Times today, Alice Thomson wrote that she agreed with Farage because:

“It allows for no communication, no empathy and it’s deeply impractical.”

Meanwhile over at the Independent Yasmin Alibhai-Brown recently praised France for moving closer to a ban, saying it was about protection:

“All the Muslim women I know detest this garment but are afraid to say so because it is a mark of disloyalty.”

But when I asked people on the streets of Islington, not everybody agreed:

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