Baroness Warsi spoke out after receiving a letter from a worker at the centre who said: ‘I work as an admin officer in the county court and we have been told that we can’t put tinsel around our counter window as it might offend other religions, according to HMCS diversity policy.’
The Warwickshire Justice Centre houses police officers, the Crown Prosecution Service, four magistrates courts, the probation service, the local youth offending team and witness support services.
The Court Service is headed by justice minister Bridget Prentice, who is spearheading a campaign to ban pink toys being sold because they are not sufficiently ‘progressive’ and ‘funnel girls into pretty, pretty jobs’.
Baroness Warsi said: ‘First toys; now tinsel. Labour’s PC killjoys are determined to kill off Christmas.
‘This has nothing to do with diversity; it’s about the very opposite – a stultifying grey conformity.
‘Non-Christians don’t want to see Christmas banned, and they’re fed up of being patronised by Labour.’
Last night a source at the Ministry of Justice admitted that tinsel had been banned at the front-office counter at the Nuneaton office.
‘Over the counter, yes, where sensitive business like fine payments takes place,’ he said. ‘For that reason. Otherwise there is tinsel and stuff elsewhere.
‘Nothing was removed for religious or diversity reasons.
‘One piece of tinsel was removed from a counter where it was getting in the way. The rest of the tinsel remains there as festive as ever.’
And he claimed: ‘I have it on good authority that the court is one of the most festive places one could go, perhaps outside Lapland.’
The Conservatives have long accused Labour of bowing to PC concerns over Christmas – such as the famous example of Birmingham rebranding the religious festival as ‘Winterval’.