Says Catherine Bennett:
The British government, with its theological hat on, frets that some rulings may be “contrary to the teachings of Islam”.
Now, hundreds of women’s human rights campaigners, in an open letter to Theresa May, express the fear “that many vulnerable women simply will not want to give their testimony before theologians who legitimate and justify the very idea of sharia laws on the grounds that it is integral to their ‘Muslim identity’”.
Indeed, they point out, “the panel is set up much like the sharia ‘courts’ themselves”.
That being the case, Chaiwala is right: the future of British polygamy is beginning to look quite promising.
She was formerly married to Robert Sackville-West (1985–92).
Humphrys married Edna Wilding (August 1942 – September 1997) in 1964 and they had two children, a son and daughter, Christopher and Catherine. This marriage broke down in the late 1980s. Wilding died of cancer in Glamorgan, South Wales; Humphrys described her last days in a hospice in his book Devil’s Advocate. Humphrys’s son Christopher is now a professional cellist.
On 2 June 2000, when he was 56 years old, Humphrys and his then partner, Valerie Sanderson, had a son, Owen James. Sanderson was a newsreader with Spotlight then BBC News 24 and is now a radio producer. Humphrys had a reverse vasectomy. He referred to these facts on 31 October 2006 on BBC Radio 4 in the programme Humphrys in Search of God. He and Sanderson have since separated and he has been in a relationship with the journalist Catherine Bennett, a contributor to The Observer.
A very strictly Catholic reading of that would have Bennet as both a polygynist and a polygamist.