Source: Mirror News
The peer, Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister, said stopping people from wearing the veil “is not the British way”
Baroness Warsi says banning Muslim women from wearing the veil is “not the British way” and would be reminiscent of attempts to clamp down on the miniskirt in the 1960s.
The former Conservative Party co-chairman, now faith minister, said allowing people wear what they want was the “basis of a free society”
However, she added those choose to wear garments such as a full-face veil must accept that there are some situations in which it is not appropriate.
Lady Warsi, Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister, told the Daily Telegraph: “I think people should have a right to wear what they want in this country.
“We don’t go around telling people what jewellery they should wear or how they should wear their hair or what garments they should or should not wear.
“Women won the right on what to wear many, many decades ago.
“There was a time when men would tell us that our skirts were too short in the 60s … I hope that we are not going to move on, 50 years on and suddenly men are going to start telling us that our veils are too long.”
She added: “I think I would be as offended if I was told ‘actually you must wear a miniskirt to work because that’s that we like women to wear’ as I would be if somebody came to me and said ‘we want you to be covered from head to toe because that’s what we like woman to wear’.”
Lady Warsi did, however, say there certain situations involving for example where there have to be limits.
“Some of this is about society saying we are going to have this tolerant approach but some of it is about individuals taking a common-sense approach.
“You know if I was a vegetarian I just wouldn’t apply to work in an abattoir and then I wouldn’t arrive there saying ‘I’m really sorry I’m not going to deal with meat’, this is about individual decisions as well.”