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Now The Taliban Ban Tinsel In Nuneaton

by | 19th, December 2009

IN the Mail’s PC gone mad rant, readers learn of a Midlands Taliban banning tinsel. In our midst, man mullahs are killing our Great British tinsel. MacGuffin takes up the story:

THE latest ‘PC brigade ban Christmas’ nonsense comes in today’s Mail . The article comes with the headline: Tinsel Taliban strikes as Court Service ban staff from decorations to avoid offence because, obviously, people who allegedly want to ‘ban’ coloured lengths of cheap shiny plastic are just like the Taliban.

The story claims this: Tory Baroness Warsi has received an email from an admin worker at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Nuneaton who claims tinsel has been banned under the company diversity and equality police because it offends people of other religions. Namely Muslims.
Banning Christmas things because of Mulims, diversity and equality it’s a Mail wet dream. Except, once you read the quote from the Ministry of Justice spokesman, you strongly suspect it’s not actually true. The Mail begins the quote with this:

Last night a source at the Ministry of Justice admitted that tinsel had been banned at the front-office counter at the Nuneaton office.

Which suggests all the above is true. But then:

‘Over the counter, yes, where sensitive business like fine payments takes place,’ he said. ‘For that reason. Otherwise there is tinsel and stuff elsewhere.

‘Nothing was removed for religious or diversity reasons.

‘One piece of tinsel was removed from a counter where it was getting in the way. The rest of the tinsel remains there as festive as ever.’

So decorations have not been ‘outlawed’ as the Mail claimed. They’ve not been placed where people paying fines might not want them in their face, and one piece of tinsel was moved because it was in the way. That’s all the Mail is actually reporting on here.

A piece of tinsel has been moved in an office block because it was in the way.

Of course, it’s clear that the Mail journalist Daniel Martin hasn’t actually been to the building in question to see for himself. But then the Mail has never much cared whether these stories are true or not . All they care about is that they fit the agenda and view of Britain the Mail

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