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From A-levels to zoo adverts: an alphabet of 26 false stories about the EU banning things

September 6th, 2015

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.

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6 Responses to “From A-levels to zoo adverts: an alphabet of 26 false stories about the EU banning things”

  1. icarus says:

    Just discovered this site which seems yet another EU waste of taxpayers’ money on a Lord Haw Haw ‘EU Calling, EU calling’style demonstration of the EU Centre’s paranoia about criticism of the EU in British, mainly tabloid newspapers, which probably gets things wrong about most subjects they cover. If the British government set up a tax payer funded propaganda blog with a remit similar to this EU funded site, there would be a major political row about government monitoring of the free press. I now wouldn’t be surprised if it was discovered that the EU kept files on ‘friendly’ and ‘unfriendly’ (the subversives) journalists. Just watch out for the rise in EU funded propaganda as the referendum approaches and popular measures similar to those on mobile phone roaming charges to try to influence the outcome. In any case, there are currently under 400 views of this blog underlining its failure as a communication channel and the waste of money involved.

    • uk.admin says:

      First, every individual and institution has a perfect right to respond to media stories. That is part of free speech.

      Second, the EU has been a defender of press freedom, worldwide, for decades.

      Third, the British government and many UK public authorities have many myth-busting sites of their own.

      Fourth, this blog has had many hundreds of thousands of views

    • icarus says:

      The government myth busting sites mentioned in the response by uk admin don’t ‘name and shame’ individual newspapers or accuse them of ‘deception’ as the po faced EU seems to think it has the right to do. So what’s the answer regarding your monitoring of journalists?

    • uk.admin says:

      Your insinuations that EU institutions in some way oppress journalists are wrong and offensive. The media have the right to free expression and all organisations and individuals have a right to respond as they think fit.

  2. icarus says:

    I asked a question about monitoring journalists and your response is to ignore it, accuse me of insinuations of EU oppression and of course avoid addressing my point about the EU’s apparent right to name and shame British newspapers and accuse them of deception.

    • uk.admin says:

      Monitoring journalists ? What on earth do you mean? Bug their houses and listen to their conversations like in that Stasi film The Lives of Others? Follow them around dressed in raincoats with the collars up? Have blacklists? Of course we don’t and yes, the suggestion is offensive.

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