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Scrap mayor's dinner and give cash to charity

Brian McClinton argues that there was a ban on saying grace at the Lord Mayor's inaugural dinner.

This is hard to comprehend, given it was reported that many of those present did in fact say grace. In other words, in all this talk of intolerance, the saying of grace was actually tolerated.

It is hard to say which is the more tolerant approach - a leader saying grace which is ignored by atheists, or a leader not saying grace whose example is ignored by Christians. Maybe the council could take a vote?

Personally, I would have preferred that the money allocated to the dinner had been invested in food banks instead, and not loaded onto the gravy train.

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