Venerable British retailer Marks & Spencer surrenders to Islamism:
It is the Islamic swimwear range with a little extra “magic and sparkle”.
In a sign of the growing diversity of Britain’s shoppers, Marks and Spencer has put the burkini on shelves in England.
The burkini - designed to adhere to strict modesty standards - made headlines when donned by Nigella Lawson on a beach holiday five years ago as protection from sunburn.
The M&S version, which promises to cover the whole body “without compromising on style”, has already proved popular in branches in Dubai and Libya, where it has been on sale for three years.
Never in British history has subjugation been so fashionable.
Nigella Lawson - daughter of former Thatcher-era cabinet minister Nigel Lawson - wore a burkini in Australia a few years ago in order to avoid getting a tan. She had purchased the garment at a small London-based firm. The stocking of the burkini by Marks & Spencer - a major retailer roughly comparable to the Hudson's Bay Company in Canada - is an altogether more ominous sign. It seems very unlikely that M&S is targeting the burkini at sun-shy British TV presenters of a certain age. This 130 year old symbol of British retailing - in some parts of the world synonymous with Britishness itself - has seen the future of British fashion and that future is Islamist.
If a dystopian novel had been written a decade ago - perhaps by some brave, politically incorrect writer - predicting the rise of an Islamist threat to Europe he might very well have used the above story as a plot point. The very idea would have been scoffed at by knowing reviewers. A burkini at Marks & Spencer! Pure fear mongering on the part of a racist writer afraid of a little healthy diversity! Yet this too has come to pass...
The burqa and its various iterations have nothing to do with race and little to do with religion. As First and Second Wave feminists understood very well - though their alleged intellectual successors fail to grasp - there is nothing that terrifies the authoritarian mind so much as a liberated woman. The burqa is not some cultural eccentricity, it is the manifestation of a dictatorial mindset that is antithetical to the culture of a free society. It has all the subtlety and charm of a bundle of fasces being paraded down the street by black shirted men, with the notable contrast that Mussolini's thugs were never as misogynistic as modern day Islamists.