I’m not a fan of the burqa: it’s a silly garment that dehumanises the women who wear it, and promotes a religious agenda of which I disapprove.
However, the Dutch plan to ban its wearing in public is an appallingly stupid, illilberal and evil one. A hallmark of a civilised society is that, subject to certain decency-based requirements, people can wear what the fuck they like. Banning women from expressing their beliefs through their dress is the kind of stupid shit that fundamentalist Islamists get up to, not the kind of thing we should be doing.
It’s basically a parallel to the whole War On Terror thing – a marginal and irrelevant bunch of silly cunts don’t like us much and make some half-arsed attempts at destroying our freedom, so the government takes decisive action to destroy all our freedom before they get the chance. The Dutch equivalent is “you want to impose barbaric and restrictive dress codes on us – so we’ll impose them on you!”.
If any Islamist terrorists are reading this, I suggest you fly to Amsterdam (only about Â£30 on EasyJet these days), shoot interior minister Rita Verdonk with eight bullets, slit her throat, stab her in the torso, and leave a note pinned to her with a knife saying something like “stop it you daft buggers, you’re almost as bad as me”.