Muslim women wearing veils out doing their shopping in Blackburn, England Friday Oct. 6, 2006. Britain’s former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s preference that devout Muslim women visiting his office remove their veils ignited a heated debate Friday about cultural isolation and tolerance in Britain. Straw is the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Blackburn.
Daily Express: Muslims pledge to ruin Straw
AN unholy alliance of Muslims and far-Right extremists was last night threatening Jack Strawâ€™s future as an MP as he was accused of playing the race card in a bid to salvage his career.
Protesters took to the streets of Mr Strawâ€™s Blackburn constituency yesterday to vent their fury over his call for Muslim women to stop wearing veils.
One Muslim community leader, who helped him to get re-elected with a reduced majority of 8,009 last year, described the remarks by the Leader of the Commons as “like a family member going against us”.
One in four voters in Blackburn, where Mr Straw has been MP since 1979, is a Muslim. It is believed many turned against him and the Government because of the Iraq war.
The far-Right British National Party is hoping to cash in on the mounting anger. It is drawing up a battle plan to split Mr Strawâ€™s support at the next election.
Spokesman Dr Phil Edwards accused the MP of playing a “subtle” race card in a bid to boost his appeal with white working class voters.
“We have been saying this about Muslim dress for some time,” he said. “Itâ€™s all part of the problems of a multi-cultural Britain that he and the Labour Party helped to create.”
Just goes to show you that being an dimwitted Dhimmi politician doesn’t buy you any votes in England.
Former foreign secretary Jack Straw arrives at no. 10 Downing Street in London, September 2006. Former foreign minister Jack Straw has defended his call for Muslim women to remove their veils despite a storm of protests — and went further, saying he would like veils not to be worn at all
But, as you see the Muslims in Blackburn do not think their MP has ANY right to speak about this Muslim veil deal:
Jack Straw is between a rock and a hard spot.
Time for retirement – if the Muslims don’t cut off his head.
Muslim women protest in the town centre of Blackburn, England, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s preference that devout Muslim women visiting his office remove their veils set off a heated debate on Friday about cultural isolation and tolerance in Britain. Straw says he believes veils inhibit communication and are a sign of division in society. At his constituency office, he says he asks – but doesn’t insist – that veiled women reveal their faces, and he said the women have always complied.
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