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Friday, November 03, 2006

 
Remember, Remember, The Fifth Of November, Of Gunpowder, Treason And...Bengali Fireworks?

The Daily Mail reports:

Guy Fawkes has been banned by council bosses in east London - and replaced with a Bengali folk tale. Tower Hamlets said it wanted to provide an "alternative" theme to celebrate November 5 and the attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament...

One third of Tower Hamlets' population of 196,000 is Bengali - about 65,000. But Bengalis dominate the council and its cabinet with 31 of the 51 councillors. Tower Hamlets council insisted they were neither being politically correct nor forgetting the Gunpowder Plot.

Officials said: "We did Guy Fawkes last year" and insisted it was their tradition to have a different theme each year. In a statement, a spokesman said: "And this differentiates our celebrations from other boroughs and our events are proving to be extremely popular.

Listen here. You don't cancel national holidays. You don't use taxpayer funds to commemorate observances other than national observances. If the Bengalis want to have their own celebration on November 5, nothing is stopping them. Let them raise their own money for their own celebration. A lot of citizens might enjoy going to both a Guy Fawkes bonfire and the Bengali gala.

A third of the population is represented by 60% of the council seats? I bet the numbers change next election...

FYI, my birthday is November 5. Time of birth was 11:52 Greenwich Mean Time (5:52 Central), so the Guy Fawkes festivities were still in their last minutes.

(Story via No Pasaran)

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