Ban Santa? That is a hard Brexit!
A HEADMASTER who told pupils that Brexit would ban Santa Claus has quit his post.
Dr Richard Steward claimed ‘foreign citizen’ Santa would be barred from flying his sleigh to the UK in what he said was a ‘fun’ assembly on the last day before Christmas.
He joked that imports of Christmas trees and wine would be stopped and there would be no more turkeys due to a lack of eastern European farm workers. He also suggested it would be the last decent festive period pupils would have before Britain withdraws from the EU in March.
Dr Steward’s speech to pupils at The Woodroffe School, a comprehensive secondary in Lyme Regis, Dorset, was the talk of parents in the Brexit stronghold.
And on the first day back, Dr Steward, 57, announced he was resigning, saying in a letter: ‘The positive letters I have received from parents over the years would fit neatly into a small ring binder, whereas the letters of complaint would easily fill several large filing cabinets.’
Dr Steward said he was bewildered by the complaints about his assembly which he said was intended as a ‘fun way to end the term’.
Claire Denslow, whose 17-yearold daughter attends the school, said: ‘The head was talking utter rubbish about how we wouldn’t have any turkeys because there wouldn’t be any eastern European workers to catch and pluck them for us.’
But others said most pupils had taken the assembly in the humorous spirit in which it was meant.
The head said his move was not linked to the assembly, adding: ‘None of the parents were there. It is disturbing that parents complain about that kind of thing.’
Jokes: Richard Steward