Now EU puts speed limit on children’s roundabouts (and slides must not be too steep)
(Daily Express, 28 October 2004, page 12)
Speed limits will have to be placed on children’s roundabouts in the latest bizarre EU rule imposed on Britain. Playground slides will also be placed under the bureaucratic microscope in a bid to bring the UK in line with the European guidelines. Roundabouts will be restricted to rotating at just over five yards per second – and the angle of a slide will be limited. The latest madcap scheme from Brussels was last night blasted by furious MPs, parents and children’s play campaigners who branded it ” barmy”.
PC prats put speed limit on kids’ roundabouts (Daily Star, 28 October 2004, page 7)
Barmy Brussels bureaucrats are now demanding that speed limits be enforced on kids’ playground roundabouts. The killjoy officials have also ruled that only two swings can be hung in a row and insist that slides mustn’t be too steep.
Going round in circles… (Daily Star, 28 October 2004, page 6, leader column)
The politically correct brigade has found a new target – children’s playgrounds…Bureaucrats have drawn up new EU regulations to make them safer. Speed limits of precisely five metres per second will be placed on merry-go-rounds. The rules also lay down how steep slides can be and the number of swings allowed in a bay. It would be laughable – if it wasn’t so serious.
Some playground antics are in evidence in these articles as the europhobic press get their facts wrong over swings and slides. This “madcap scheme from Brussels” was not drawn up by the European Commission, but by a body quite separate from the European Union. Having “European” in an organisation’s title may draw the ire of some newspapers, but it does not mean it belongs to the EU. The organisation concerned is the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN), a non-EU body made up of national standards groups from 28 European countries, including the British Standards Institution. It sets voluntary guidelines for products in order to improve consumer safety and boost trade. If a product is imported from another country, it is surely desirable that the buyer can purchase with a guarantee that it will not pose a threat to the user’s health.