British newspapers have accused the European Union of banning, among many other things: A-levels, bankrupt (the word), coffee drinking (unless moderate), double decker buses, elections on Thursdays, firefighters’ poles, gin in square bottles, herbal remedies, imperial measures, jam jars being reused, kilts being described as menswear, lollipop ladies’ sticks, milk of magnesia, non-nappy wearing cows, off licences (on weekdays), Peter Pan, the Queen (from UK passports), rhododendrons, steam trains, toilets (traditional British), Union Flags (on meat packaging), violin strings (made from gut), wood-burning ovens, xylophones (toy), yoghurt (in schools) and….. (yes, there is one for ‘z’) zoo advertisements (which fail to include images of elephants).
A quick look around will reveal that all of these things are still with us.
For the more common letters of the alphabet, we were spoilt for choice in selecting examples. So a full A-Z is here.
The EU certainly does not get everything right. It is part of the media’s job to scrutinise and criticise what it does.
But might it be time to stop distorting facts out of all recognition, even if most British people are too savvy to be deceived?
Corrections of hundreds more mythical and/or misleading stories here, in reverse chronological order.From A-levels to zoo adverts: an alphabet of 26 false stories about the EU banning things,