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The UK has strict sex and race discrimination laws but it seems they are not enough to stop PM David Cameron stigmatising Muslim migrants to the UK who are female.
Sunday The Times posted an article from Cameron and That was followed by an announcement from Cameron Monday of funding of £20 million to help such women learn to speak English and integrate better into British society; he chose not to mention that double that amount of funding had previously been available until the Tories ditched it.
But why single out female migrants of the Islamic faith?
He may be using the words 'to stop segregation' but targeting one group of people is surely divisive?
According to Mr Cameron 22% of female Muslim immigrants to the UK are left isolated because they cannot speak English. This he says can lead to radicalisation and leave them controlled by their partner in every way.
While we would agree that is not how women should be forced into living in the UK Cameron issuing a threat of deportation if they do not learn the lingo is surely a step too far.
We wonder where these women would be deported if they came to the UK as refugees. What is the point of separating mothers from their children in this way?
From October migrants entering the UK on a spouse's visa will have 21/2 years to learn the English language and face deportation if they do not.
Down the years many of us have encountered people who are British born and bred but can hardly string a sensible sentence together; language problems in the NHS have come from Filipino and even Polish workers.
Cameron's announcement Monday was lazy politics playing to the anti-immigration rank and file and he had one eye on an EU in / out referendum which could be held in 2016.
It was Cameron doing what he does best - taking attention away from real issues and trying to reassure hard-line Tories who view him as soft on immigration and not meeting his manifesto promise on that score.
Did Cameron break British equality laws on this one?
[Cameron also plans a crackdown on Muslim women wearing the hijab and niqab]