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Clarke bares his prejudices against Muslims

29th Nov 2013

Leading Conservative Kenneth Clarke has provoked controversy on many occasions during his more than 40+ years as an MP. Despite being a renowned lover of suede shoes, he has treaded on many toes. The most recent has been his flippant remarks, derogatively describing the Muslim niqab as a “bag”. It was a “peculiar costume,” he said.

The 73-year old cigar-smoking Cabinet Minister is not famous for his finesse but as a veteran member of the Government, one would think he would choose his words more wisely. Or risk being accused of baring his prejudices at a time when fires are again being stoked to ban the traditional Islamic style of dress and Muslims are being marginalised. His comments are not just highly offensive but play to the gallery of right-wing extremists.

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to “Clarke bares his prejudices against Muslims”

Rizwan AlibhairDecember 24, 2013

What I find most hypocritical is that the Saudis and the Gulf states where these traditions come from happen also to be the best friends of the Tory party.

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Zyad ZacharyDecember 24, 2013

Rizwan: your statement need to be qualified as gulf states have relations and interests with the UK. Not friendship as you describe it let us be rational about these matters
Protests against Clark’s remarks should be from inside the UK and through proper channels.

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