A think tank close to Gordon Brown has recommended that Christmas either be downgraded from a public holiday, or failing that, all non-Christian festivals should be upgraded to the status of public holidays:
“The Institute of Public Policy Research claims in a controversial report that “even-handedness” means minority cultures and traditions should be publicly recognised as well as events in the Christian calendar.
The organisation has come up with a range of ideas to make Britain more multi-cultural, and claims as many barriers to “national culture” as possible should be dismantled to help immigrants settling into the country Britain should dismantle.
Its report, which is due to be published in the next few weeks, says: “If we are going to continue to mark Christmas – and it would be very hard to expunge it from our national life even if we wanted to – then public organisations should mark other major religious festivals too.”
Christmas is no longer just a religious festival, but more of a national celebration. Festivals for other faiths tend to be broadly limited to that particular faith. Nobody apart from a few white left-wingers seems to object to this state of affairs, as far as I can tell. What this report will do is increase ill-feeling against minorities, who will be blamed for â€˜cancelling Christmasâ€™ and the like. Whenever a story along these lines comes out, minorities immediately leap to condemn it, yet the man reading the Daily Mail or the Sun still is suspicious about their true intentions. These sorts of reports, entirely unprompted by minorities, will achieve nothing of benefit and only serve to damage the fabric of our society.
It looks like the BNP has got its Christmas present early this year.
Sunny’s Update: 5 Chinese Crackers takes this apart quite well.
Rumbold’s Update: The IPPR has finally responded to all these stories. I said that I would apologise and issue a retraction if any of the quotes turned out to be false. Happily enough, none of them were (according to the press release). The author disagrees with my assessment of the report, but my point was always that this sort of thing plays into the hands of the BNP, not that the report’s author(s) were actually trying to destroy out traditions.
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