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.

Yuletide for European Unity

Whether you are made aware of the impending winter solstice by the encroaching cold, the darkening days, the obligatory festive music or the incessant stream of Christmas memes on social media, you will no doubt have an opinion on it. While neo-pagan acquaintances will be sure to insist on the pagan origin of the seasonal celebration, Christian friends will remind you of the birth of Jesus Christ and its importance to our culture. Atheists and…

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…