First of all, from the Editorial Team at UKIP Daily, a very Happy Christmas to all our readers.
The Queen’s Message
The Telegraph breaks the Queen’s Christmas Message before it is broadcast in the afternoon
The Queen has spoken movingly of her visit to the poppy memorial commemorating those who died in the First World War. In her annual Christmas message the monarch said the “only possible reaction” to walking among the poppies was silence.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh walked through the memorial of red ceramic poppies in the former moat of the Tower of London in October, having insisted on seeing it in person. The installation, comprising 888,246 poppies, one for each British and Colonial death, was intended to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict.
It has to be noted that there is absolutely NOTHING in The Guardian on this, but the Daily Mail goes big on her message, saying:
The Queen will say she has been ‘deeply touched’ by the ‘selflessness’ of medical staff fighting Ebola in her traditional Christmas message, and will pay tribute to the Tower of London poppies. The UK is one of a number of nations that has seen its doctors and nurses volunteer to help countries such as Sierra Leone in West Africa combat the epidemic.
The Mirror also previews her message and asks the question what would happen if the Queen really DID abdicate on Christmas Day?.
The Christian Christmas
The Independent attempts to destroy the beliefs of millions of children with this: “Christmas 2014: Jesus was not born in a stable, says theologian”
It’s the story that everyone knows: Jesus was born in a barn, surrounded by farm animals and shepherds, because there was no room at the inn.
But now, a British biblical scholar is challenging the nativity tale, and insists that a closer reading of the Gospel of Luke demonstrates that Mary is more likely to have given birth from the comfort of a family’s upper room.
The Independent reports from Rome telling us that Pope Francis conducts Christmas Eve Mass, hours after comparing Iraqi refugees to Jesus.
Pope Francis has conducted the annual Christmas Eve late-night Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, hours after he phoned Iraqi refugees and told them they were “like Jesus”. The Holy See made the comparison who are sheltering from Isis in a tent camp in Ankawa, because Jesus was also told there was no place for him, and was made to flee.
And the Daily Mail transmits the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas message: “True spirit of Christmas ‘cannot be captured in fairytale endings’ says Archbishop of Canterbury in Christmas Day sermon”
Delivering his Christmas Day sermon at Canterbury Cathedral, the Archbishop will remind worshippers that the infamous battlefield detente between German and British troops a hundred years ago was all too brief. ‘At Christmas 1914, soldiers took the risk, crossed a battleline and kindled an evening of friendship and football,’ he is expected to say.
The Telegraph tells us that they expect a Christmas Day shopping bonanza as online sales start early
Dozens of shops have started their sales early to attract families browsing the internet for bargains on Christmas Day. Experts are predicting a record spend in shops such as Amazon, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Lakeland, Marks & Spencer and many others, which are offering as much as 70 per cent off some lines online.
The trend to begin online sales on Christmas Eve, rather than the tradition of Boxing Day, came to prominence three years ago in Britain. As soon as major retailers such as Amazon adopted the practice, it was widely copied by competitors.
The Telegraph reports from Hong Kong where Christmas comes early as ‘millions’ in cash spills onto road. The Independent also grabs this story.
Hong Kong shoppers and commuters thought Christmas had arrived early on Wednesday afternoon after hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cash spilled onto a busy road following an accident apparently involving a security van.
Incredulous bystanders were seen “sprinting” onto Gloucester Road, near Hong Kong’s financial heart, on Christmas eve to claim bundles of money, the South China Morning Post reported.
The Guardian reports on a bunch of squatters: ‘Love Activists’ told they can return to serve Christmas lunch. That’s it for Christmas themed material on The Guardian for you:
A high court judge has ordered that squatters evicted from a former RBS building in central London should be allowed back in to provide a free Christmas lunch to homeless people. The squatters, calling themselves the “Love Activists”, took over the vacant building earlier this week and planned to provide a free Christmas dinner in protest at the capital’s housing crisis.
The Daily Mirror reports from the North Pole: Santa Claus posts updates as he flies around the world delivering presents to children.
The Express challenges the received wisdom of the “Warmists” with an EXCLUSIVE: Ice in the Arctic and Antarctic is ‘not melting’, says global warming expert.
In fact, the poles are “much more stable” than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought. For years, scientists have suggested that both poles are melting at an alarming rate because of warming temperatures – dangerously raising the Earth’s sea levels while threatening the homes of Arctic and Antarctic animals.
But the uncertainty surrounding climate change and the polar ice caps reached a new level this month when research suggested the ice in the Antarctic is actually growing. And there could even be evidence to suggest the polar bear population is not under threat.
Did any readers see the WWF advertisement before Christmas, spreading alarm and despondency about the ice caps and the animals that live on them? No comment.
And yet another winter weather scare warning from the Express with SHOCK WEATHER WARNING: Snow to hit UK in less than 48 HOURS as Arctic freeze takes hold.