Polly Toynbee of the London newspaper the Guardian is, Dalrymple admits,
not one of my favourite journalists.
But Dalrymple notes (from 1:05:09) that Toynbee has said that
if she must choose between her feminism and her multiculturalism, she chooses her feminism. So she will argue for the protection of Moslem women.
The problem of the cultural cringe before the Mohammedans goes quite far in British administration, Dalrymple points out. He used to have many young Moslem patients
who had been denied access to school by their parents. The authorities never once did anything about it. But if a white working-class girl didn’t go to school, the parents might be threatened with legal action or imprisonment. A considerable part of this is fear — straightforward physical fear.
Furthermore, on the question of Islam as on so many other matters, Western politicians and intellectuals
are always on the lookout for an opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of their sympathies. This does a lot of harm.