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19 October 2017 11:11 (South Africa)

New Dutch ruling coalition to ban burqas

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

The Christian Democrats, Liberals and Freedom Party of the Netherlands have formed a minority coalition government, and the deal sweetener for the right-wing Freedom Party's inclusion was the imposition of a ban on the burqa and a pledge to halve immigration. The Netherlands has been run by a caretaker government since February, and the lurch to the right by the otherwise tolerant Christian Democrats and Liberals is seen as a move to consolidate power after neither party won enough seats in the June parliamentary elections to form a government. The leader of the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, is currently on trial for inciting violence against Muslims.  Read more: BBC News and Al Jazeera

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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