Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

We discussed a few months ago the issue of whether it was reasonable to expect employers to hire people whose face they can't see, whether it was reasonable that veiled muslim women will choose no to attend job interviews because they know they will not be hired, and initially whether it was justified for the State to withdraw unemployment benefits from these women for refusing to attend interviews for jobs they are actually qualified for. This was in the context of the Netherlands.

I think Straw's words around this have not been unreasonable, he basically said it makes him uncomfortable to talk to people whose faces he can't see, and that he has been bringing this up privately with her constituents for about a year, always with a female staffer in the room when the women came to tell him of some problem. But I wonder whether in the current climate it is possible to voice these concerns openly without having idiots attack muslim women shouting "Jack has told you to take off your veil" (which he emphatically didn't) and sparking protests by muslims...

I think the day is not far off when an Islamist political party will start contesting elections in the UK, and scaring people shitless. And I am not talking about Respect (at least in its current incarnation).

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 04:50:56 AM EST
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