Tuesday, October 17, 2006

"Do I have to answer all the questions?"

Here's Aishah Azmi, the teaching assistant at the centre of the veil row, interviewed by the BBC's Peter Sissons.





Related - Richard Littlejohn:
Reading the papers these days is like being a witness at one long show trial as Left-wing politicians line up to recant just about everything they've ever believed in.
The Guardian is worried by these developments (heh!). Today's leader comment prioritises the paper's concerns, and guess what's top of the list?
Politicians would do well to untangle and tackle problems separately.

The first is not with Muslims themselves, but with non-Muslim Britons: the problem of Islamaphobia.
Typical (and how ironic that they spell 'Islamophobia' incorrectly).


Laban Tall thinks Mohammed Abdul Bari's ill-judged and revealing warning that "Britain will have to deal with two million Muslim terrorists" may have contributed to the sudden change in attitude by so many government ministers.

Update. More from Little Bulldogs - Veiled Teacher Plot Thickens.

29 Comments:

Blogger Stan said...

I couldn't understand a word she said.

Isn't it a requirement, in British schools, for an English teacher to be able to speak properly and clearly with properly constructed sentences and correct grammar?

10:37 am  
Blogger Stan said...

And how do we know it was really her?

10:38 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The veil does not cause a barrier to communication" she opined.

No, but her inarticulacy is truly shocking for a TEACHER!

10:47 am  
Blogger Blithering Bunny said...

>Reading the papers these days is like being a witness at one long show trial as Left-wing politicians line up to recant just about everything they've ever believed in.

Not true, Richard. There's still a long way to go before they recant "just about everything they've ever believed in". A long, long way.

11:22 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the point of sending kids to school if that's the calibre of teachers we have these days?

She's a complete fuckwit!

11:29 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aishah Azmi is a teaching assistant not a teacher but that, by no means, excuses her inarticulacy.
As part of her job is to help children to read, then those children should be able to see how her mouth forms the sounds of the words, especially as some of the children will be learning English as a second language.

11:30 am  
Blogger rexie said...

I couldn't see her lips move but I could hear her mind whirring as she tried to avoid a direct lie.

Given that the argument about the telephone not being a barrier to communication must have been prepared in advance, it does show a woeful lack of intellect for someone assisting teaching.

11:43 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's not a teacher. she's a support assistant apparently. You don't need qualifications to do it and they're paid peanuts.

11:53 am  
Anonymous Peter North said...

to be fair the guardian leader was rational. Islam in the UK isn't the problem. It's far left politics and the muslims who ascribe to it.

12:00 pm  
Anonymous JuliaM said...

"Do I have to answer all the questions?"

ROFL!

"Isn't it a requirement, in British schools, for an English teacher to be able to speak properly and clearly with properly constructed sentences and correct grammar?"

Not in a comprehensive, no.......

12:40 pm  
Blogger permanentexpat said...

That this excuse for a woman was even interviewed for the job simply beggars belief & reflects gross incompetence on those who gave it.
This PC appointed & inarticulate young(?) harridan & those who appointed her are an example of how terminally sick The Septic Isle has become. God help you...& especially your unfortunate children.
How many wake-up calls do you need?

2:25 pm  
Anonymous The jabberwock said...

Come the revolution, all patriotic English people should string at least one Equality and Diversity non-job from the nearest lamppost.

3:04 pm  
Anonymous JuliaM said...

A nice idea, but I suspect we'd run out of lampposts long before we ran out of E&D (non) jobholders....

5:53 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

My God! I am familiar with northern accents and I could barely understand a word she said. And she knows nothing of grammar and has no feel for the English language. And she was in a classroom as an authority figure? I thought I was beyond shock, but I'm shocked!

As I keep saying, these veil-wearers are aggressive. They purposely jab Western women on the street and then hurry on, anonymously.

The school seems to have been only too delighted for a chance to sack her, though. Did you notice that they didn't hesitate? No meetings with the headmistress or anything. She is, naturally, taking them to an employment tribunal and it should be interesting to see what shakes out. My guess, she'll walk away with nothing.

And as much as I don't like Jon Snow, good on him for persisting with the question as to whether there was a male present at her interview, to which she failed to wear her Hallowe'en outfit. So the school can just claim fraud, that she got the job under false pretences. Adios, Fatima. Thanks for the laughs.

6:58 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

DfH says: "Here's Aishah Azmi,".

How do you know?

8:09 pm  
Anonymous archduke said...

"I couldn't understand a word she said."

somebody commented somewhere else that Aishah Azmi veil thing is really an Ali G wind up.

I have to say, its so friggin' surreal, that i'm half thinking that myself!

8:45 pm  
Blogger ed thomas said...

Bingo Mr Sissons! Glad I stayed around for the "money shot", so to speak.

8:49 pm  
Anonymous Verity said...

Well, although Aisha came across as ignorant, inarticulate and ill-schooled, as well as utterly unpolished, she doesn't have to worry about any of the neighbours saying, "Here! I saw you on the telly last night!"

10:08 pm  
Anonymous alison said...

LOL Verity good one

I especialy liked the bit about the interview: so you were interviewed by a man then?

yes but only for a few minutes.

good grief.

10:19 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

I think the school has nothing to worry about from the employment tribunal after that interview. And then was forced to admit the interview without the veil on national telly and now on UTube.

Makes her "modesty" - aka as "attention seeking" - look a bit negotiable, no?

I am looking forward to her getting zero from the employment tribunal.

10:29 pm  
Anonymous archduke said...

her lawyer is threatening to take Tony Blair to court over what he said today.

10:40 pm  
Anonymous verity said...

Yes, Tony is not the brightest light in the harbour. The lawyer is demanding that he retract he statement, which I'm sure he will do. But rather a stupid mistake for a barrister to make, methinks.

11:09 pm  
Anonymous La Boheme said...

It's so obvious that's she's been hijacked by some extremeist Mushhhlim group. The veil is just a political statement; not a religious requirement.

12:21 am  
Anonymous verity said...

La Boheme is correct. The "veil" - niqab, chador, burqa blah blah blah - is not a requirement and isn't mentioned in their koran or the hadiths. Repeat: Not. Mentioned. As in, not.

The requirement is that women dress "modestly" - not that they trudge around in baking hot climates in black tents. This is a new twist that they added all by themselves.

Think about it: this "religion", which I would prefer to call a cult because of its intolerance of discussion, is the only one on planet Earth now, or in history, which has required women to dress thusly. 'Scuse me, but WTF?

I would not say, La Boheme, that this inarticulate, unqualified, moronic "classroom assistant" has been "highjacked". She thinks that visible adherence to a primitive diety in an open society will make her look "interesting". From her attitude, she went on tv to be intriguing, and then got overwhelmed by an interculator who has a billion more brain cells than she does.

1:17 am  
Anonymous La Boheme said...

I agree. Odd though that she didn't feel quite so strongly about wearing this veil/niqab/blackout curtain when she went for her interview isn't it? And, shudder, a MAN was also present!

I feel intimidated when confronted by someone dressed like that. A couple of years ago I was on the tube (in London) and a woman was covered entirely in black from head to toe and I mean entirely. No slit for the eyes; her entire face was covered (although the material for that bit must have been of a less thick density otherwise the person wouldn't have been able to see at all) and I felt extremely uncomfortable and oddly, repulsed.

12:27 pm  
Anonymous The jabberwock said...

La Boheme said at 12:21

It's so obvious that's she's been hijacked by some extremeist Mushhhlim group. The veil is just a political statement; not a religious requirement.


She's not been hijacked, just helping her daddy, who would appear to be just what you fear. See

http://littlebulldogs.blogspot.com/2006/10/veiled-teacher-plot-thickens.html

mentioned at the foot of the post.

4:54 pm  
Blogger AntiCitizenOne said...

Could someone confirm that the term "Burka" translates as "Barrier"?

6:12 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The veil, handy for hiding blushes, but not shifty eyes. And boy, are her eyes shifty!

6:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bliars Monty Pythonesque England - the laughing stock of the planet.

"Thingsssss can only get betterrrrr"

Lets face it, in many ways we deserve all we get.

7:48 pm  

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