From This is London
Labour's favourite think tank was ridiculed today after it cast doubt on the celebration of Christmas.
In a call for a more multi-cultural Britain, the Institute of Public Policy Research said if we can't get rid of Christmas then we must mark other big religious festivals too.
But shadow communities secretary Baroness Warsi hit out at the leaked report which also called for Parliament and the monarchy to be stripped of Christian rituals. (A Muslim, I believe.)
Ms. Warsi said: "Gordon Brown's favoured think tank's advisers have clearly lost the plot. Their comments betray a breathtaking misunderstanding of what it is to be British. These proposals could actually damage our community cohesion." She's not wrong.
The research institute's in-depth report, due to be published tomorrow, offers a range of ideas to boost race relations. To help new immigrants, the authors suggest dismantling as many "national culture" barriers as possible.
The report says: " Evenhandedness dictates that we provide public recognition to minority cultures and traditions. "If we are going to continue as a nation 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."
Oh and I bet they would dearly love to abolish celebration of the birth of Christ. Easter can be hard to get one's head round, but few can fail to understand the message of Christmas in the birth of the Christ Child. Despite attempts to commercialise it, that is what makes Christmas so much more dangerous as a festival, in certain eyes.