Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, claims the burka empowers women. I suppose it could do in the same way FGM, foot binding, Suttee, a chastity belt, empower women - which is err, not at all.
Here is an extensive interview I did with Ireland's Newstalk radio on the issue.
What's all the fuss about the veil?
The veil and violence against women
Carline Spelman should walk around in the burka for 24 hours and see how empowered she feels.