Two Muslim women have claimed they were refused a bus ride because one had her face covered by a veil.
The 22-year-old students, of Slough, Berkshire, were in London and boarded a Metroline bus from Russell Square to Paddington on Tuesday.
But they said when they presented their tickets the driver told them they were a “threat” to passengers and ordered them off the bus.
The driver later allegedly refused to give his details and, irony of ironies, covered his face when the two women who had been refused service tried to video him.
This is another reason why tolerance and the rejection of authoritarianism is essential. The driver didn’t want to admit he was an Islamophobic little git (allegedly) he pretended he was acting to protect his passengers from the “threat” of a veiled woman.
As an example of what the legitimisation of discrimination can cause, it is very timely. I hope Philip Holobone is happy because it is people like him, and his reactionary campaign to ban the burqa and niqab which bring this sort of behaviour into the mainstream.