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Guardian fails to get in the Christmas spirit

Guardian fails to get in the Christmas spirit
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The Book of Magic: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment

Brian Copenhaver

Penguin, pp. 643, £

In the past year, the Guardian has declared tea-drinkers to possess ‘the worst possible English trait, up there with colonialism‘, HP sauce as the condiment of the establishment, street parties to be ‘a front for a middle-class nationalism that celebrates austerity’, and sunday roasts to 'evoke received memories of oppression and an enslaved work force’. So, perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the publication isn't big on Christmas either.

As the nation prepares to drink and eat its body weight in mulled wine, roast turkey and mince pies, over at the Grauniad hacks are adopting a Scrooge-esque tone with regards to yuletide. George Monbiot -- a columnist for the paper -- has deemed Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day on Friday a bad idea that will harm the planet:

https://twitter.com/GeorgeMonbiot/status/807219913433772033

Meanwhile recent articles -- including a festive special on the merits of serving gruel and a guide to avoiding the Christmas party -- suggest that the paper as a whole is struggling to get into the festive spirit:

After all, the paper doesn't have a great track record on Christmas:

https://twitter.com/TomPapworth/status/806423409978671105

No doubt this year's Christmas party will be a hoot...

Update: Further evidence has come to light

Written bySteerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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