But Morocco isn’t a conservative country, it’s actually a liberal one. Women own businesses and take part in public life, move about freely and are not required to be chaperoned or wear restrictive clothing. I actually found that the men tended to dress modestly and behave more respectfully towards me than in the UK. Gay people are usually accepted, quite openly so - and you’ll find cross-dressed dancers performing every evening in the Djemma Al-Fna. Moroccan Islamic traditions are much more moderate than many other countries - no one is persecuted for their religious practices, and many places serve alcohol to tourists even if most of the residents don’t partake themselves. You can even buy hashish openly on the streets of Marrakech if you want to. It’s not a perfect country - its occupation of Western Sahara is one thing I particularly object to - but it’s hardly Saudi Arabia. This arrest is out of the ordinary, and I don’t think Ray Cole can be blamed for failing to expect it.