English Press Myths about Europe
What fun. The EU is so incensed about the British Press's delightful willingness to pounce on any nutty thing that the Europeans do that they have set up a site to contradict what they see as false claims.Myth: Curved bananas
Bananas must not be excessively curved.
The Sun, 4 March 1998, p6Fact:
Bananas are classified according to quality and size for international trade. Individual governments and the industry have in the past had their own standards with the latter's, in particular, being very stringent. The European Commission was asked by national agriculture ministers and the industry to draft legislation in this area. Following extensive consultation with the industry, the proposed quality standards were adopted by national ministers in Council in 1994. link representation in the United Kingdon
The corrections are funnier that the stories themselves. I mean this does not exactly prove that the EU is not going to regulate banana curves.Myth: Corgis to be banned by EU
Certain breeds of the Queen’s favourite dog could be outlawed under a controversial EU convention being considered by ministers, it emerged last night. Some corgis ? along with bulldogs, cocker spaniels and King Charles spaniels ? could be among 100 breeds banned, animal lovers fear.
Daily Mail, 30 April 2002, p 5 Fact:
This so-called ‘EU convention’ has nothing whatsoever to do with the EU. A committee of animal protection experts drew up the European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals in 1987 under the auspices of the Council of Europe - an intergovernmental organisation based in Strasbourg and completely separate from the EU. The UK is a member but has so far declined to become a signatory to this entirely voluntary agreement designed to improve the welfare of household pets.
Boy, I bet the Brits can hardly wait to sign up to the 250 page EU Constitution....
via Ben Hammersley