David Cameron supported the right of schools and courts on Tuesday to ban people from wearing veil in some situations and insisted that the nationwide ban ‘would not be the right thing to do’.
The Prime Minister stated: People should be free to wear what they like and within limits, live their lives as they choose.
However, as he revealed the new policies for managing the extremism within migrant communities, basically based on English classes. Mr Cameron vowed to support ‘sensitive’ policies needing people to show their face.
Mr Cameron’s remarked in a BBC interview yesterday and was followed by outrage that he risked ‘stigmatizing’ Muslim women with his new ‘clumsy’ policy declaration.
He added, “What does matter is if, for instance, a school has a uniform policy, sensitively put in place and all the rest of it, and people want to flout that uniform policy, often for reasons that aren’t connected to religion, you should always come down on the side of the school.”
Mr Cameron added: When you are coming into contact with an institution or you’re in court, or if you need to be able to see someone’s face at the border, then I will always back the authority and institution that have put in place proper and sensible rules.
“Going for the more sort of French approach of banning an item of clothing, I don’t think that’s the way we do things in this country and I don’t think that would help,” said the Prime Minister.
France banned face veils in year 2010 after discussing the issue for many years.
Cameron introduced a series of new policies on Tuesday which also included a risk of deportation for people who come in Britain to marry in case if they get failed in learning proper English.
The policy would be applied to all migrants arriving on spousal visas however, he was told he threatened stigmatizing the Muslim community through his ‘simplistic’ approach.
Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham told, “Mr Cameron has to take more care while former Tory Party chairwoman Baroness Warsi questioned why Muslims were targeted, pointing out this was neither a nationality or a language.”
Cameron also clarified his proposals in a major interview on radio, assuring that the clause of the plans was to eradicate ‘segregation’ in the country. A fund of over £ 20 million has been created for the aimed English lessons for isolated women in communities.
He had visited the Shantona Women’s Centre and Makkah Mosque in Leeds in order to meet the community groups and share his plans. However, Andy Burnham said, “In his desire to grab easy headlines, David Cameron risks doing more harm than good. His clumsy and simplistic approach to challenging extremism is unfairly stigmatizing a whole community.”
There is a real danger that it could end up driving further radicalization, rather than tackling it, he added.
Shadow home minister stated, “The Prime Minister is right to talk about empowering women but his emphasis should be on women of all faiths and none. His commitment to English classes is welcome but people will ask why his Government has spent the last few years cutting funding from these vital courses.”
Tackling extremism is the greatest challenge of our age. We are willing to work with the Government to get it right. But it is a deep-rooted and complex problem and requires a more sophisticated approach than we have seen to date and a stronger sense of partnership with the Muslim community, statement added.
He advised, “David Cameron must proceed with more care and thought than he is currently showing and Labour will continue to challenge him to get the balance and tone right.”
Baroness Warsi inquired over why English lessons were being exhibited in the counter extremism plan, saying that this was not as much important as language skills which are important to get a job and help in other tasks.
She tweeted, “Why should it just be Muslim women who have the opportunity to learn English? Why not anyone who lives in the UK and can’t speak English.”
The Tory peer added: Mum’s English isn’t great yet she inspired her girls to become a lawyer, teacher, accountant, pharmacist, cabinet minister.
David Cameron said that people who arrive in Britain in order to marry, must enhance their English in a time period of two-and-a-half-year or else face deportation even if they have children.
The Prime Minister also told that tests would be introduced to check the progress on migrants, who come to Britain on spouse visas and failure would indicate that there the individual may not be allowed to stay. He said, “The new push on language skills was part of a wider strategy to prevent extremism in isolated communities and segregation needs to go.”
Cameron told in the BBC Radio 4 interview: This is about building a more integrated, cohesive, one nation country where there is genuine opportunity for people.
He said, “Of course, if you don’t speak the language your opportunities are very much reduced.”
Cameron clarified, “It is not just Muslim women. It is when people come under a spousal visa because they are marrying someone who is already here then after two and a half years they should be improving their English and we will be testing that.”
The new policy would be implemented by October this year and would also be applied to the recent arrivals.
He defended himself saying, “I’m not blaming the people who can’t speak English – some of these people have come to our country from quite patriarchal societies where perhaps the menfolk haven’t wanted them to learn English, haven’t wanted them to integrate.”
Prime Minsiter stated, “What we’ve found in some of the work we’ve done looking around our country – school governors meetings where the men sit in the meeting and the women have to sit outside. Women who aren’t allowed to leave their home without a male relative – this is happening in our country and it’s not acceptable. We should be proud of our values, our liberalism, our tolerance, our idea we want to build a genuine opportunity democracy. I think in many ways we are one of the most successful multi-ethnic, multi-faith democracies anywhere in the world. But where there is segregation, it’s holding people back, it’s not in tune with British values and it needs to go.”
He maintained: That would be a ridiculous thing to say. But if you’re not able to speak English, not able to integrate, then you may find therefore you have challenges understanding what your identity is.
David Cameron also highlighted, “Therefore you could be more susceptible to the extremist message from Daesh. It’s not a causal connection but if we’re going to help young people to be resilient against the appalling messages of Daesh.”
Cameron also asked Muslim mothers to stay powerful to stop their men and children from turning towards terrorism.
A remarkable community of Muslim women do not speak English.