5 Aug 2010

A scarf is A scarf is A scarf

Forcing women to undress is just plain wrong. Punishing women with fines and imprisonment if they refuse to remove their clothes is just plain unlawful. It is up to the courts in France, Belgium and the Netherlands to ensure waywardness and silliness gripping populist politicians and an urge to reinvent the scapegoat is firmly rejected. Many people see this challenge as a watershed in the credibility of the European project. Shouting from Brussels united in diversity for most of the past 15 years can not be just a hollow catch phrase, it must mean real tolerance and freedom to chose.