Baroness Warsi says banning the veil would not be “British” and praises Church of England as a ‘bedrock’ of society
Banning Muslim women from wearing the veil is “not the British way” and would be like attempts to clamp down on the miniskirt in the 1960s, the country’s most senior Muslim politician has said.
Baroness Warsi, the first faith minister, said that allowing people wear what they want was the “basis of a free society”.
But she also insisted that those who choose to wear garments such as full-face veil must accept that there are some situations in which it is not appropriate and some jobs they might not be able to do.
She said that must apply “common sense” adding: “If I was a vegetarian I just wouldn’t apply to work in an abattoir.”
In a wide-ranging interview with The Telegraph, Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister also strongly endorsed the special constitutional position of the Church of England including having Anglican bishops of the House of Lords