Alex Massie

When the ASBO generation go to chokey, do they get to keep their hooded robes?

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Elsewhere in Britain, it's good to see a much-hounded, misunderstood minority finally getting their due:

Hundreds of Pagan worshippers locked up in British jails have been given the right to take twigs into their cells to use as magic wands.

The ruling, which also allows hoodless robes and rune stones, was made to ensure the 300 or so Pagans currently serving sentences have the same rights as other religions.

The permission to use the “religious artefacts” was agreed after consultation with the Pagan Federation which advised the prison service on what equipment its members needed.

This, via Political Umpire whose choice of prison reading is, as you might expect, impeccable.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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