You very rarely see a niqab in Edinburgh but today I was in Princes Street and a couple of women walked by who were wearing them, and rather elegant ones, with a neat piece of light grey cloth over the bottom half of the face and a smooth grey scarf covering the forehead. Their clothes weren’t billowy chadors or tent-like but straight and severe, in the same light grey. They looked well-dressed and stylish and I imagine were tourists. They did cause a slight stir though. One young bloke said to another, “They shouldn’t be legal, those clothes.” The publicity that burqa banning is getting is bound to lead to racist attacks.