Conservatives promise Eid and Diwali bank holidays
The pledge for Diwali was made during campaigning for Ealing Southall by-election, and the appeal was distinctly to the majority Sikh population. Or so ‘Christian Voice has learned’. They seem to have learnt this without stating their source, but further inquiries have revealed that the pledge was heard by both opponents and supporters of the Conservative Party. It was broadcast over loudhailers from cars on the day of the by-election, and was made ‘only in Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi’. Christian Voice reports that the Diwali pledge was extended to include Eid-ul-Adha and Guru Nanak's birthday.
The Rev George Hargreaves, leader of the Christian Party, said: ‘To elevate Eid or Diwali to the same status as Christmas would not only undermine Christianity in Britain; it would totally destroy British culture. To not even use English to convey this policy is nothing less than treacherous.'
The curious thing is that the Conservative Party has consistently resisted the establishing of any new bank holidays, particularly those being requested by the majority, indigenous, white, English population. A few years ago, there was a proposal to make Trafalgar Day (21st October) a bank holiday, in celebration of a victory which was once widely commemorated by parades, dinners and other events throughout much of the British Empire. And neither the Labour Government nor HM Opposition will agree to make St George's Day (which is, conveniently, also Shakespeare’s birthday) a national bank holiday. But we are supposed to stomach Eid and Diwali.
Well, Mr Cameron, the pledge for minority ethnic bank holidays may have been made in the frenzied heat of a by-election, but it was a foolish strategy which can only fuel already smouldering race relations. The Mohammedans have already made demands for Eid-ul-Adha to become a national holiday, and it will not stop there. Grant one, and you will be under pressure to grant another, and another.
Roman Catholics have many Holy Days of Obligation on which they are obliged to attend Mass, but these are not national holidays. They do not therefore get time off work; they simply have to attend an early morning or evening Mass. The Jews have every right to agitate for their New Year, or the Day of Atonement, and with the Hindus, Buddhists, Pagans, and Jedi Knights, the list of national holidays would eventually outnumber national workdays.
Making Eid and Diwali into bank holidays would be as alien to the culture of the United Kingdom as celebrating 4th July would be in Saudi Arabia, or Guy Fawkes Night in India. Cultures may adapt, but heritage is constant. Multi-culturalism is becoming the new mono-culture and the nexus of its creed is political correctness. The United Kingdom is Christian out of Pagan, and the overwhelming majority wish to keep it like that. So if Mr Cameron is serious about establishing new bank holidays, and he genuinely perceives this to be an election-winning strategy, while Eid and Diwali would appear to have a negligible effect at the ballot box, he would be sure to find tens of thousands of votes in St George’s Day.