Monday, 19 July 2010
So the government has decided not to ban the burka, on the grounds that to do so would be 'rather unBritish'. Whatever the rights and wrongs of this (and there might have been a case for a ban on security/crime prevention grounds - after all, one of the 7/7 bombers fled the country in a burka), isn't it good to see the word 'rather' restored to our public discourse? Can you imagine the adamantine absolutist Broon or any of his lot qualifying any judgment with the very English, understated qualifier 'rather'? Sometimes I rather like the cut of this government's jib.