I see that Jack Straw, ex-British Foreign Secretary and now Leader of the House of Commons, has got into trouble by asking veiled Moslem women, who consult him as their MP at his constituency surgeries, to remove their veils when talking to him.
I remember when 'nice' English ladies used to wear a veil, usually to church, certainly to funerals, and always to their own wedding. But by this time the veil had degenerated from a sign of modesty to a fashion item.
It is by no means universal for Moslem women to wear the veil. We have imported into Britain a form of Islam that has brought with it all the cultural traditions of village life in rural south-east Asia. It used to be said that English missionaries to Africa took with them, not only the Gospel, but also the traditions of Victorian England, so that now you have African churchmen dressing up in dog collars and white and purple nightdresses that have nothing to do with the African way of life and not much to do with the current English way of life either.
I think that the same thing is happening in Islam in reverse. We are importing Imams who do not speak the language and are trying to inflict on their congregations the social habits of villages in the Pakistani mountains.
Only thieves cover their faces in English Society. And scrub nurses.
Anyone who has worked in an operating theater cannot have failed to notice the allure of those eyes. The face hidden behind a surgical mask, the hair covered by a green cap, all we can see are the eyes. My goodness! The effect that they have!
Perhaps that is why, the converts especially, have taken to the veil.
It reminds me of a piece of doggerel.
We cannot hope for souls to wed
While writhing idly on a bed,
But how can they stay long away
When I have watched your eyes all day?