Rabinder Singh QC becomes England's first Sikh High Court judge
His Grace thinks this success story (son of Indian immigrants - grammar school - Cambridge - called to the Bar - QC - High Court) worthy of a brief mention because The Hon Mr Justice Singh will become the first High Court judge not to be required to wear the customary judicial wig. This is probably a sensible move since, rather like Sikhs on motorbikes, a wig over a turban would look as absurd and be as manifestly impractical as a wig over a crash helmet. His Grace is all in favour of religious exemptions on certain grounds.
He can't help wondering, however, how long it will be before the the first burqa-clad judge is appointed in the UK. Having granted special dispensation to the Sikhs on religious attire, it would be an undoubted discrimination to withhold it from Muslims, not least because a burqa would sit very nicely under a wig. If His Grace had the time, he would prepare an illustrative graphic. If any reader or communicant wishes to oblige, His Grace would be happy to post.
UPDATE: 16.38: His Grace is most appreciative of the creative efforts of his communicant Avi Barzel, who is 'on the road with (his) mini lap top which doesn't have Photoshop, so (he) had to remote-control (his) home PC while parked outside a coffeee shop with a wireless, and (his) diesel rig (was) rumbling nicely to keep (him) cool and to continue enriching Mummy Earth with lovely, life-giving CO2 which will not only nourish all growing things, but will also keep keep any ice ages heading our way.' Mr Barzel was last seen somewhere not far from St Luis, USA.