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EU to ban lollipop ladies’ sticks

July 4th, 1999

The barmy bureaucrats of Brussels appeared to have gone totally bonkers last night. . .they banned the sticks used by our lollipop ladies. The Euro meddlers say foreign drivers may not understand the “Stop:Children” sign, suggesting they will simply drive on when a lady stands in front of them.
(News of the World, page 9, 4 July 1999)

This classic Euromyth is complete nonsense.  British lollipop ladies’ sticks are not under threat from the European Commission.  Contrary to the News of the World, London Metro (page 4, 23 July 1999) and the Sun (page 8, 18 August 1999), there is no EU directive which says that every school patrol in Europe must be issued with the same sign, nor does ‘Brussels’ have any such plans.  The changes are the result of a decision taken by the UK Government to introduce a new coherent design, already used in Wales, based on one agreed under a UN-backed  Convention dating from 1968.


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