Not sure what to make of the outrage Boris has caused.
Firstly I think the man is an example of the worst type of politics, a populist buffoon with no willingness to engage in the detail of policy with an overly simplistic world view which has failed on its first contact with reality.
Then there is what he wrote - criticising Denmark for banning the Burkha, but then adding a personal view that he didn't agree with women wearing them.
Ah the politics of cultural sensitivity and all that.
If people want to wear a Burkha, a kilt, a dress, spandex or lycra rock on.
But just because you do, don't expect me to have the same opinion as you. The UK still has a poor record on women's rights whether it is the pay-gap, the amount of menial labour women do compared to men, or the tampon tax. But compared to mainstream Islamic jurisprudence, let alone extremist ideas, Muslim countries are far, far more oppressive.
Religions subjugate and enforce cultural conservatism - just ask a young women in Iran who wishes to dance or uncover her hair.
A culture which enforces the burkha is an oppressive culture and in my view should be sidelined in a modern society.
Some people will always voluntarily subjugate themselves to religious dogma, ask a nun, a monk, an orthodox jew or an Iman.
Good for them, but if a person wishes to voluntarily leave such a community that is also their prerogative.
People shouldn't wear burkhas in courts, banks, doctors, or schools; and I could understand an establishment saying it does not allow people with their face covered entry. Though if they aren't fussed neither am I.
I don't think I'm saying anything particularly different from Boris and if a politician is going to get shouted down over such cultural sensitivities then I'm concerned. The Burkha isn't something to be championed - there are limits to the tolerances a society should provide and allowing Burkhas in courts or schools etc is in my view a tolerance too far.
Let's debate this issue, but the control-left is desperately looking for a way to get the labour party out of its anti-semitism funk and sees the Tories Islamic-issues as possibly fertile ground. And what does Boris do ... jumps in in his usual way.
What a disaster of a politician.