The general elections may be one and a half years away but it seems that electioneering has started.
Until now the Coalition government has focussed on blaming the poor and vulnerable for the poor state of the economy while ignoring their rich friends which fund them and actually created the economic mess.
But now a new front has been opened up recently, as evidenced by a college's attempt to ban the face veil in Birmingham. While the college eventually backed down, it was not without first recieving the full backing of the Prime Minister.
A few days later, now the Liberal Democrat Minister Jeremy Browne is opening up the same debate, by first testing the waters - trying to frame the debate as a legitimate debate.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has also weighed into the debate in the past few days - but we can ignore him as he was always a phony "Liberal" democrat.
If these attempts at gaining legitimacy are not stopped early in their tracks, it will embolden the people to push forward on such topics, just like has happened in France and other countries.
These people seem to ignore that they are trying to attempt to "empower" women by telling them what to do, to "give choice" to women by taking it away from them.
Not only that, they are jumping on a non-issue for political gain - the niqab is not a big issue. No one that I am aware of is forced to wear it - even those who wear it for religious reasons often know that there is a difference of religious opinion and that there are even other muslims who do not think it is practical, but they choose to wear it out of their own religious convictions and freedom of choice.
These debates, while still at the fringe are aimed at delegitimising a certain segment of society and eventually demonising them. We know where this goes as France is a few years ahead of us.
There first they prevented girls from wearing face veils and headscarves. They supported the removal of women wearing them from working with children (something which is ongoing and has government backing), and finally now some women are even being forbidden to attend their childrens schools or accompany them on school trips.
All this was started maybe a decade or less ago in France in the name of empowering women, but we can see that it was all lies and we can see its steady progression into demonisation and isolation of segments of society which the larger populace is often ignorant of and rarely hears from.
We have to choose if that is a road we are willing to go down.
However if such a debate is forced upon the people we need to be ready to face it head on in an open and intellectual manner showing the proponents of such actions to be the neanderthals that they really are.