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Should the UK continue its "Special Relationship" with the USA (AKA its traditional role of being America's poodle)?
USA - special relationship - America's poodle - British foreign policy
Yes - 43% No - 57%
Should a flat rate tax (as proposed by UKIP) be introduced?
taxation - flat rate tax - UKIP
Yes - 84% No - 16%
Should the Race Discrimination Act 1976 be repealed?
race relations - repeal of race discrimination laws - freedom of contract and association
Yes - 84% No - 16%
Should harsher and cheaper forms of punishment be introduced for a short sharp shock that would be inconsistent with a criminal's human rights?
harsher and cheaper forms of punishment
Yes - 90% No - 10%
Should the niqab be banned?
Why I, as a British Muslim woman, want the burkha banned from our streets
By Saira Khan
Last updated at 8:40 AM on 24th June 2009

In the predominantly Muslim enclaves of Derby near my childhood home, you now see women hidden behind the full-length robe, their faces completely shielded from view. In London, I see an increasing number of young girls, aged four and five, being made to wear the hijab to school.

Shockingly, the Dickensian bone disease rickets has reemerged in the British Muslim community because women are not getting enough vital vitamin D from sunlight because they are being consigned to life under a shroud.

Thanks to fundamentalist Muslims and 'hate' preachers working in Britain, the veiling of women is suddenly all-pervasive and promoted as a basic religious right. We are led to believe that we must live with this in the name of 'tolerance'.

'The veil is a tool of oppression used to alienate and control women under the guise of religious freedom'

And yet, as a British Muslim woman, I abhor the practice and am calling on the Government to follow the lead of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and ban the burkha in our country.

The veil is simply a tool of oppression which is being used to alienate and control women under the guise of religious freedom.

Every time the burkha is debated, Muslim fundamentalists bring out all these women who say: 'It's my choice to wear this.'

The burkha is the ultimate visual symbol of female oppression. It is the weapon of radical Muslim men who want to see Sharia law on Britain's streets, and would love women to be hidden, unseen and unheard. It is totally out of place in a civilised country.

Precisely because it is impossible to distinguish between the woman who is choosing to wear a burkha and the girl who has been forced to cover herself and live behind a veil, I believe it should be banned.

For decades, Muslim fundamentalists, using the human rights laws, have been allowed to get their own way.

It is time for ministers and ordinary British Muslims to say, 'Enough is enough'. For the sake of women and children, the Government must ban the wearing of the hijab in school and the burkha in public places.

Two years ago, I wore a burkha for the first time for a television programme. It was the most horrid experience. It restricted the way I walked, what I saw, and how I interacted with the world.

It took away my personality. I felt alienated and like a freak. It was hot and uncomfortable, and I was unable to see behind me, exchange a smile with people, or shake hands.

If I had been forced to wear a veil, I would certainly not be free to write this article. Nor would I have run a marathon, become an aerobics teacher or set up a business.

We must unite against the radical Muslim men who love to control women.

My message to those Muslims who want to live in a Talibanised society, and turn their face against Britain, is this: 'If you don't like living here and don't want to integrate, then what the hell are you doing here? Why don't you just go and live in an Islamic country?'

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Yes - 77% No - 23%
The Scots have their Parliament, the Welsh their Assembly. Should the English have their own Parliament?
English Parliament
Yes - 84% No - 16%
Should the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 be repealed?
Must employers pretend to seriously consider a job applicant who is disabled and whom they have no intention of hiring, for the sake of paying lip service to totalitarian political correctness? Must a small business at significant expense to itself create facilities for the disabled to conform with this totalitarian edict? Why?
Yes - 77% No - 23%
Should the age discrimination legislation be repealed?
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulatons Act 2006 means we are now no longer allowed to discriminate against an employee or potential employee on grounds of age. Now that employers are no longer allowed to discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation nor religious belief, perhaps there will soon come the time when they will no longer be allowed to reject someone on the grounds that they will not be able to do the job? Will it now be open to an elderly disabled lesbian Muslim with a knowledge of plumbing to sue, with taxpayer funded Legal Aid, if her applicaton to become a plumber's mate (maid or matron) is rejected out of hand?
Yes - 40% No - 60%
Should parties like the BNP and NF be allowed to propose the repatriation of non-white British citizens?
race relations - the far right - freedom of expression
Yes - 84% No - 16%
Should England, Wales and Scotland be run as "British counties" to bring about equality of administration for all of Britain?
new British counties with equality of administration
Yes - 22% No - 78%
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