Tories hoist by their own Christmas card

David Cameron two years ago:

The idea that anyone ever could be offended by a Christmas card that says “Merry Christmas and happy new year” and we’ve got to send one saying “Season’s greetings”; I think it’s just insulting tosh. ‘In fact, people – Muslims and Jews – are offended because it’s treating them in a silly and politically correct way.

Spool forward a couple of seasons Christmases, and there are more than a few red faces at Tory HQ, as The Times’s Ruth Gledhill notes :

Two years ago, David Cameron, the Conservative leader, said banning Nativity plays and replacing ‘Merry Christmas’ signs with ‘Season’s greetings’ risked offending people from other faiths by patronising them. Now the Conservative Party’s own Christmas card has been released – and it substitutes Season’s Greetings for Happy Christmas.

Thus has the ghost of season’s greetings past visited a one-time scourge of political correctness, giving bloggers around the world an early Christmas present and proving once more that there really is a God.

Well quite.

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  • Simon Titley 26th Nov '09 - 11:07am

    This won’t stop the Daily Mail and Daily Express running their usual faked stories about local authorities “banning” Christmas.

  • Jessica Ashman 26th Nov '09 - 1:32pm

    You do realise that the cards metioned by the Times are those sold to the public at the Conservative parties online shop and not David Cameron’s personal Christmas card?

  • Jessica Ashman 26th Nov '09 - 4:00pm


    I do know what the Cameron’s personal Christmas card looks like, I have recived one from them for the last 3 years.

    Your talking about a split on the issue of the wording in Christmas cards?? Grow up.

  • Nick Hodder 26th Nov '09 - 4:40pm

    “You’re talking about a split on the issue of the wording in Christmas cards?? Grow up.”

    Are you saying that Christmas cards are not important issue? Then why did Cameron feel the need to comment on it? Seems like a major Tory split to me. :-p

  • A few years ago I sent out a card to all my customers, from me personally, after Christmas, with no religious imagery, and saying Season’s Greetings. Nonetheless I got a rude letter back from someone accusing me of of hijacking Christmas for commercial ends. I don’t bother to send anyone a card any more.

  • Terry Gilbert 27th Nov '09 - 11:44am

    I put seasons greetings or similar on mine because I am not a Christian, not because I think Muslims and Jews will be offended.

    Happy solstice, everyone!

  • Matthew Huntbach 28th Nov '09 - 10:12pm

    There are two separate issues here. One is the idea that we have to expunge all references to what until recently was the major aspect of this celebration, and that those who still view it in that way should feel forced to do it only in private – that is wrong, and can sometimes be done by people who are anti-religion but who find “but it offends Muslims/Jews/etc” a more acceptable line than ‘It offends me because I don’t like religion”.

    The other is taking a little care with your Christmas cards. I myself do generally send cards with religious images to those who I know, as I do, celebrate this festival in its religious sense. I would take care, however, to send cards without such images and with the words “seasons greetings” to anyone I know who has an allegiance to another religion. It’s annoying that the card manufacturers often don’t pick this up, so you often find cards with religious imagery and yet the “season’s greetings” words, and cards which look nicely secular and yet have the word “Christmas” in them.

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  • […] This year, in fairness to the media (and perhaps partly a reflection of the growing power of blogs to embarrass journalists who find their names and errors plastered over the internet for their colleagues and friends to find?*) there have been not very many such stories so far. Probably the highest profile one – over the Christmas cards sold by the Conservative Party – did have the journalistic justification of being about the Conservatives being willing to make money out of selling the sorts of cards that David Cameron had previously mocked. […]

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