For a few seconds, time stopped and the audience dropped a collective jaw as Yasmin Alibhai-Brown asked if we knew that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne’s brother was a Muslim convert, Mohammed Osborne. No we didn’t! But…but… how did that happen?
Lancashire born Shanna Bhukari, could be the first British female to win Miss Universe after receiving the most public votes in last weeks semi-finals.
The fact that she is Muslim has caused a furore of hate mail and death threats amongst many quarters ranging from Muslim groups saying that she is denigrating the name of Islam, white supremacists saying that an Asian cannot represent the UK and even feminist groups who are against beauty pageants all together.