The burqa is anathema to the basic social rules of British society, according to Julia Hartley-Brewer.
Our presenter said British culture dictates that people show their faces, and she would find it rude if a person hid their face in her company.
Julia made the comment on talkRADIO this morning during a heated interview with Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of Muslim group the Ramadan foundation.
The pair were speaking after German Chancellor Angela Merkel argued for a ban on the burqa in her country.
Shafiq said Merkel is "moving further to the right" to curry favour with voters ahead of German elections, adding that "we should not tell women how to dress."
However Julia said we tell people how to dress all the time, in all manner of public places - pointing out that she can't wear a bikini when walking into a restaurant and "can't walk down the street naked."
Listen to the first part of the interview above, and stay tuned for the second installment.