On Harshness Signalling…

The French “burkini” ban is completely pointless – completely pointless, that is, if taken at face value. It will do nothing to combat Islamic jihadism or Islamic totalism – targeting, I suspect, women from more liberal families than many others in France (because they were, after all, allowed to go down to the beach a swim). What it might, and what I suspect that it is meant to do, is convince a few National Front voters that the ruling class is conservative and deserving of support. In what the anonymous commentator FakePlasticTrees calls “harshness signalling” politicians present themselves as being tough, unsentimental and courageous statesmen while doing little to oppose the criminal and ideological trends that would be better dealt with at the border, in “Sensitive Urban Zones” and at Salafi mosques. There have been some efforts in this direction but they have to far more challenging and wide-ranging than this stupid symbolic measure, which will do nothing except discomfit a few women who wanted a swim and open an unneeded front in the culture war.

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