Parliamentary Candidate Criticizes Council for Including Link to Pagan Site on Website

March 22, 2004

Source: Waltham Forest Guardian

On March 22, 2004 the Waltham Forest Guardian reported, "The council is wasting taxpayers' cash to promote a pagan website selling witchcraft information packs and cauldrons, claims a Tory parliamentary candidate. Julien Foster, of Abbotts Park Road, Leyton, criticised Waltham Forest Council for including a link to the Pagan Federation on its official website under the links section headed Beliefs and Faith...The Pagan Federation is an organisation that represents pagan interests and groups in Britain. It holds events across the country and promotes the ancient religion nationwide. Mr. Foster, who is the prospective Tory parliamentary candidate for Leyton and Wanstead, believes money used to add such a link to the website should be used on more important services. He said: 'This is political correctness gone mad. The council has provided information about the great religions on its website and obviously someone thought that, in order to be inclusive, information about paganism should be included.'"