I hitch-hiked through Ticino many years ago, heading down to Italy. It’s lovely, Lakes Lugano and Como two notable tourist favourites.
- Going through that Swiss province prepared me for my destination, because it’s Italian-speaking, its culture and cuisine quite distinct from the Germanic area to the north. I still remember how pleased I was to find my high school Latin gave me a few handy boosts across the language barrier!
Switzerland is ‘multicutural’ in the best sense, various peoples coming together centuries ago for mutual advantage and together still today, proud of their heritages and respectful of each other’s.
But they don’t take kindly to arrogant outsiders who can’t adapt to civilised conduct.
Hence my delight today to read that Ticino’s smart citizens are about to outlaw ugly bag-head gear, a burka-ban with serious consequences for recalcitrant primitives – a maximum SF10,000 for those who hide their fanatic faces.
Two-thirds of voters approved the ban quite some time ago, but only now have the necessary legal amendments been put into effect.
The law will also apply to tourists, 40,000 of whom came from the Middle East last year, and those visiting Ticino will be informed at the border that it is unlawful in the canton to hide your face. http://metro.co.uk/2015/11/25/swiss-state-votes-to-ban-burqa-after-referendum-5524383/
People in the other nations of Europe appalled by head-shrouding must envy the democratic system that prevails in Switzerland, where just about anything and everything can be controlled by free and fair popular vote.
Imagine if Hollande or Merkel put their policies on so-called ‘refugees’ to their respective peoples – the migrant rabbles would all be on their way back south again!
- Apart from France, I don’t think any other European country has taken this sensible burka step, a shaming contrast with little African states like Gambia and Chad, where the authorities take things more seriously.
Swiss folk are well aware of the enemy within – some uppity immigrants even called for the Alpine country’s famous flag to be altered, ‘offended’ (AGAIN?) at the reminder of Christendom that takes pride of place.
An immigrant group based in Bern has called for the emblematic white cross to be removed from the Swiss national flag because as a Christian symbol it “no longer corresponds to today’s multicultural Switzerland.” Islamist Flag Demands Make Swiss – and Ross – Cross!
- And only this month, north of Zurich, we had media reports of an ISIS rape-gang cell.
‘Isis cell operating out of Winterthur mosque’
- So good for Ticino, and let’s hope that the ban gets put to a nationwide referendum sooner rather than later.