When I invented the burkini in early 2004, it was to give women freedom, not to take it away. My niece wanted to play netball but it was a bit of a struggle to get her in the team – she was wearing a hijab. My sister had to fight for her daughter to play, had to debate the issue and ask, why is this girl prevented from playing netball because of her modesty?
When Theresa May became UK prime minister she inherited many contentious issues on the international stage, thanks to the British vote to leave the EU. But the diplomatic matter to cause her real problems concerned nuclear power.
Like a super-powered aerosol, those oddly engaging pictures of the Prime Minister on her summer hols drive away the foetid stench of rancorous recrimination which descended on post-Brexit Britain, and replace it with a blast of Alpine freshness.