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7 December 2016, 11:02
As Angela Merkel announces she wants to ban the burqa in Germany, James O'Brien gives his view... and it may surprise you.
James said he found the practice "abhorrent" and "ridiculous" as he found himself agreeing with the ban.
But he found himself also feeling the state shouldn't tell people what they can and can't wear.
Speaking on his LBC show, he said: "Last time we discussed this, I got absolutely mullered by women who phoned me up explaining why they wore the veil and why I was completely wrong to suggest that they were repressed or in any way exploited.
"I didn't believe them. I still don't.
"I find the argument absurd and this notion that it is some sort of response to the male inability to control their urges, I find abhorrent. I'm sorry, I am free to say that I find it bogus.
"I find it grim and I don't like walking up a street with my daughters and seeing women with their face covered. Because there is an implicit suggestion that my daughters are doing something wrong, that my wife is indulging in sluttish behavior or some form of promiscuity by walking around with their face on display.
"It's actually ridiculous.
"But what right does the state have to tell a woman what she can and can't wear?"