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Christmas banned in Oxford

Christmas events funded by Labour-run Oxford Council are being redesignated a "Winter Light Festival" in order to be more "inclusive." But, of course, far from welcoming this "inclusiveness" Jewish and Muslim groups have joined in the criticism.

The Deputy Council leader Cllr Ed Turner seems to be all over the shop. In some reports defending the decision on the grounds that "several festivals" can be celebrated "all at the same time." But in others trying to distance himself from it as the events are run for the Council by a charity called Oxford Inspires - although since the Council are paying the bill you would have thought they would have some say in what was happening. He tells the Telegraph the renaming is "unfortunate and sends out a problematic message."


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