Monday 27 February 2017

'Hot-blooded' Tory MP wades into French burkinis row

There have been protests against the ban in the UK as well as France
There have been protests against the ban in the UK as well as France

A senior Tory MP has waded into the controversy about burkinis by declaring that as a "hot-blooded male" he can appreciate a bikini-clad body, but there is something "attractive, alluring, even sensual" about concealment.

Sir Desmond Swayne, a former minister, said people should feel free to "show off as little or as much as they like", in response to a constituent's concern about the burkini row in France.

The New Forest West MP said that it was for the French authorities to sort out their own affairs, but "as a general rule, most of us look far better with all our clothes on".

In a blog post on his website, Sir Desmond wrote that he had receive d an "outraged email" from a constituent in Barton-on-Sea who was "disgusted" that the burkini ban had been overturned by a French court.

"Alas, the court is not accountable to me, and the French must sort out their own affairs. In any event, I am confident that no burkinis have been seen in Barton-on-Sea, or on any other beach in the New Forest parliamentary division.

"Am I disappointed? I have always taken the view that people should feel free to show off as little or as much as they like, when it comes to beachwear.

"Like any hot-blooded male however, I appreciate beauty, which can sometimes be enhanced by a bikini. Equally, often there can be something quite attractive, alluring, even sensual, about concealment. It leaves more to the imagination.

"Whilst there are of course exceptions, as a general rule, most of us look far better with all our clothes on."

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