My festive card this year wished all recipients a Happy Saturnalia. Saturnalia of course preceded the Christian festival and I dare say Saturnalia itself built on earlier mid-winter festive traditions. The Romans anyway had a good time of it. Wikipedia reports “In Lucian's Saturnalia it is Chronos himself who proclaims a "festive season, when 'tis lawful to be drunken, and slaves have license to revile their lords" I especially like the last bit, and I bet Mick Lynch would too. Perhaps our current Winter of Discontent can usher in a new awakening amongst wage slaves.
+Just out of interest I also checked Wikipedia to see if there was a consensus about the date of Jesus’s birth. There is none, not even over the year of his birth, never mind the month or day. It’s all pure speculation, whereas there’s no doubting the time of Saturnalia which is from the 17th to 23rd of December. I think King Charley 3 should bring forward his TV speech to the nation by a couple of days, which would also tie in nicely with the findings of the 2021 Census which showed that the largest group answering the question on religion said ‘no religion.’ I could go on in this vein, but I think I’ve made my point.
+Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, the recently elected member of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee has been expelled from the Party on the most specious of grounds. I suspect she was a) the wrong type of Jew and b) she was the wrong type of Jew. It’s that pathetic. She is appealing the decision, but it will be given short shrift. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic: the first line on the back of my membership card says “The Labour Party is a democratic socialist party.” (emphasis added) I wonder if Sir Keir has read that bit? There is an open letter of solidarity with Naomi, addressed to the Party’s leadership. It can be found on the Jewish Voice for Labour website.
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