Robert McNeill: Spare the lash on those lactating sheep worshippers
Prisoners in England with pagan beliefs will get four days off a year to celebrate festivals, including one that celebrates lactating sheep. Baa humbug, you say.
But the pagans aren't any more loony than any other religion. Indeed, considered as nature-worshippers, I rather like them.
I've interviewed a few in my time and attended a midnight solstice festival in the line of duty. The festival was nuts, with semi-naked people in painted bodies gyrating on a hill and shouting the odds.
However, the folk I interviewed were perfectly normal cranks, who made more sense than ministers and priests.
As a hanger and flogger, I don't believe in prisoners' rights, but will make an exception in the case of lactating sheep-worship. Pagans have eight festivals in total, and prisoners may also celebrate the Sun God with "unabashed sexuality and promiscuity". However, if you can get that in prison, I believe things have gone too far.