Iain Dale is Leading Britain's Conversation.
24 April 2017, 11:35
Nick takes Ukip councillor to task over burqa ban policy.
David Kurten was asked by Nick how making laws about what women can wear is good for Britain.
Ukip will unveil its section manifesto today, and it will include a pledge to ban muslim women wearing face veils, sometimes known as burqas.
Nick told the Ukip London Assembley member David Kurten that he “celebrated” the option for a women to be able to ride the bus wearing a veil if he chose.
He asked whether the government enforcing what people wear is that different to what people experience in other oppressive countries.
“The welcome that Britain would afford to these folks, some of whom of course coming away from fairly corrupt if not dangerous countries, will be to force them - force them - to take off their burqas, that's the British way is it? Under Ukip?” Nick asked.
“Well what we want to do is make sure that people who do come to this country have the ability to integrate, and part of that is actually making sure that they can.” David Kurten argued.
Nick pushed Kurten on the integration argument, with the Ukip member citing France as an example.
“It's not helped the French, has it? In fact I would say that they're behind where we are. Do you think that's fair?” Nick suggested.
“I wouldn't say so.” Kurten replied.