London has a maverick mayor by the name of Boris Johnson, who, according to this week’s UK Jewish Chronicle, suggested that non-Muslims have a go at fasting during Ramadan to understand better, other faiths.
It was on the cards therefore, that someone should ask Boris if the same invitation should be made, for the same inter-faith understanding, to fast for Yom Kippur.
There was some difficulty obtaining a timely response, it seems. Eventually, Boris’ spokesperson, a recent ex-BBC political reporter by the name of Gito Harri, (he of lovely Welsh dulcet tones) came back with an answer. It was easier to suggest a fast during Ramadan as there are more days to choose from!
A comment was sought from the previous Mayor of London, (described as Boris’ nemesis) who said, and here I paraphrase “I am an atheist. However, you don’t have to be circumcised and not eat pork to respect people’s beliefs“.