Phil Woolas needs to go

Does this man have no sense at all? I quote Dave Hill:

Is it not astonishing that Phil Woolas MP - a government minister responsible for good race relations! - should announce to the world that the Dewsbury school teacher Aishah Azmi should be sacked for wanting to wearing a veil in front of her pupils at a time when an industrial tribunal is still hearing her case?

Alan Johnson seems to think so, by the way: he refused to make any comment when asked about it on Five Live midday news, saying it is for the tribunal to decide. And even as I type, Ruth Kelly has distanced herself from Woolas on the World At One. Yet some their colleagues seem to be in as much of a frenzy about the issue as Woolas.

Last night, Tessa Jowell joined the fray, advancing the most simplistic of feminist arguments to denounced the veil as the enemy of women’s liberation - this from a woman who once told a female mutual acquaintance that she’d never bothered with feminism because she’d been getting on with more important things.

I realise that New Labour is having serious popularity problems but if they think is the best way to get votes…. then well, they might as well recruit Michael Howard to lead them. They’ve gone completely barmy.