The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that Mr Cameron supports the right of schools to set their own uniform policies following a row over a Birmingham college’s decision to ban veils. Birmingham Metropolitan College was accused of discriminating against Muslims when they ordered all students, staff and visitors to remove any face coverings so individuals are “easily identifiable at all times”. However, the college on Thursday backtracked after a petition attracted 8,000 signatures in 48 hours and their policy brought criticism from politicians. Full story >>
The cartoon by Matt from The Telegraph shows a teacher telling his pupils, all of whom are wearing burqas, not to be late for the school photo tomorrow. The joke is, of course, that they'll all look exactly the same in the photo anyway!
The Birmingham College incident has launched a great debate in the UK over whether or not the veil should be banned and the story has made the front pages of the national press (see here). Here in France, a law was introduced in 2010 resulting in a ban on the wearing of face-covering headgear in public places, except under specified circumstances. The ban also applies to the burqa, a full-body covering, if it covers the face. However, Britain is traditionally far more relaxed about such matters, and I'd be surprised if the calls for a ban gain popular support.