Not much happens in August, news-wise, which in part explains the furore over remarks made by a back-bench MP about burqas. When the MP is Boris Johnson, however, publicity is guaranteed.
Boris was rude about women in burqas, the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women out of which they look at the world through a sort of grating in front of their eyes. He said the garment was oppressive and that it was ‘weird and bullying’ to expect women to cover their faces. What got him into trouble, however, was his next line, where he said: ‘I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.’