George Galloway has written an open letter berating Jack Straw for his " breathtaking arrogance". Of course, Mr Straw's comments were not arrogant in the slightest, nor were they offensive. But, never one to allow truth to stand in his way, Mr Galloway turns a request into a demand, one example:
What on earth is tolerant or secular about demanding of religious people that they should amend their religious observance to suit those who don't share their beliefs?Mr Galloway goes on to to complain that Muslim women have been singled out. Perhaps Mr Galloway, and many others, have forgotten that Hoodies were banned in some places. Perhaps Mr Prescott remembers backing that ban. How about the fact that people must remove their motorcycle helmet before entering a bank? And will Mr Galloway be condemning the DSA for actually demanding that Muslim women remove their veils before driving tests to insure that they are who they say they are?
Mr Galloway goes on to compare stopping Straw from speaking about veils to fighting fascism, by bringing up the battle of Cable Street (when 300,000 people blocked a march of the British Union of Fascists in 1936). Perhaps this stupid comparison might explain why he wasn't invited to speak at the 70th anniversary this week, something which he is hopping mad about.