Wot no Winterval?
Last year, because the Sun couldn't actually come up with any examples of any companies banning Christmas decorations to avoid offending people of other faiths, it decided to showcase those where plans had been changed for health and safety or other reasons instead.
One of the resulting stories was 'Baubles Banned in Job Centre' about a Job Centre in South London that didn't have Christmas decorations so that the poor people visiting didn't feel bad for not being able to afford their own. I'm sure I saw a story from a few days later saying the manager involved had relented, but I can't seem to find it now.
Anyway - via Rhetorically Speaking comes this gem from the Times, 'Christmas is cool, says equality boss':
Examples of the erosion of the traditional Christmas festival are becoming increasingly easy to find. Last year Tower Hamlets council in east London banned decorations at JobCentres.So, a Job Centre in South London that didn't have decorations (that later probably relented) because of not upsetting the poor becomes Job Centres across Tower Hamlets banning Christmas decorations to avoid offending people of other faiths in one quick jump. I wonder if this will acquire the same Urban Legendary status as Birmingham's banning of Christmas in favour of Winterval. (Incidentally, the illustration at the top is Birmingham City Council's homepage. Note the word 'Christmas' in massive letters in several places all over the page. Note the distinct lack of the word 'Winterval' anywhere).
Also included is reference to the IPPR's rabid calls for banning Christmas, which seem to have entered the official PC Gone Mad Christmas ban mythology despite not actually havinig been published anywhere yet. Oh, and despite the fact that the IPPR report doesn't say what the Times says it does.
Still, doesn't seem to have stopped Trevor Phillips being caught hook, line and sinker. That is, of course, providing the paper is honestly reporting his comments and not just fibbing about them. See, even this article could be another example of confected outrage about banning Christmas. It's not always easy to spot where the baubles end.
This madness must stop!