Seasons Greetings!

To our many members, supporters, regular readers and those with a casual interest, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Yuletide filled with family, friends and fun! From all at Western Spring.

The Passion and Political Crucifixion of Mrs May

As Christmas draws near many among us who are Christians turn our thoughts to the birth of Christ, the story of the Nativity and beyond to Easter next year and the Passion, the story of the ordeal that Christ endured at the hands of the Romans, ending in his crucifixion on Mount Calvary, and it is this second story that has particular symbolism for we British at this time as we witness a passion play…

As Mohammed-mas Approaches …

By Max Musson: As the festive season approaches once more, my eye was caught recently by reference to a decision in 2009 by British Transport Police to omit the word ‘Christmas’ from their Winter poster campaign, regarding the service they would be providing at Christmas time. The word ‘Christmas’ had been proposed as part of a slogan on the poster, which was designed to alert people to the extra number of transport police that would…

Light in the Darkness

By Frederick Dixon: The winter solstice is upon us, the shortest day in the depths of the coldest, darkest, wettest time. With what dread our ancestors would have watched the slow decline of their living God, the sun. With what joy they would have welcomed his return to life and health as the days began to lengthen after the solstice! A joy breaking out in feasting, drinking, merrymaking, in the lighting of fires to reach…

Hanukkah and its Lessons for Us Non-Jewish Whites

By H. Millard: The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah offers some interesting lessons for non-Jewish white people if one but understands what this holiday is really about. Many uninformed people think Hanukkah is simply a Jewish version of Christmas. And it has taken on some of the aspects of that holiday. Still, Hanukkah is far different. In fact, one suspects if non-Jewish white people celebrated a similar holiday they would find the usual serial name calling…