Simon Barrow, co-director of the religion and society think-tank Ekklesia, commented on the 'Spirit of Christmas' expo in London:
"We have just entered the run-up to a season where the media will be full of stories about whether someone or other is trying to 'do away with Christmas'. Many of these stories will end up being untrue, with some anxious Christians over-reacting to wild rumours and a few over-sensitive public servants trying to avoid offence by excessive politeness. None of this squabbling really matters - but companies propping up an international trade in arms which wrecks lives and destroys communities? That surely matters a great deal. Campaigners against the collusion of the current 'Spirit of Christmas' expo with the big weapons exporters seem to understand something important about the real 'reason for the season'. Hopefully we will all learn from this, including those who think they 'own' Christmas."