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Is the Daily Mail lying when it says that the EU wants to ban Enid Blyton? Or is the EU Mad? Or Both?

Tom Winnifrith
Wednesday 7 November 2012

The Daily Mail today runs with a story headlined “Now Brussels takes aim at the Famous Five! Books portraying ‘traditional’ families could be barred.” Some folks go “More madness from the Evil Empire, if they can try to ban bendy bananas and WI jam nothing is safe”. Other folks say “It is the Daily Mail telling lies with scare stories to sell papers to Middle England again.” So is the Daily Mail lying or is the evidence that the Evil Empire is run by the criminally insane just that bit stronger? Or both?

I am sorry to say that the Daily Mail headline is not exactly true, I am even sorrier to say that I have now read the document on which it is based and it is a piece of work that can only be written by a deluded lefty of the highest order. A 12 out of 10 nutcase. And it could soon be enforced. UKIP should distribute it in full to every household in the country as an example of just how off the planet mad the EU has become.

The report comes from a committee of the Evil Empire’s Parliament. It has widespread support and will thus almost certainly be passed in full by the Parliament. Thereafter as EU regulations it will almost certainly be imposed on the UK without the crooks, perverts and dimwits at Westminster having a say on the matter. That is the way around half of new UK laws come into being these days.
The report seeks to address issues of gender inequality and is full of the sort of crap you would get in a gender inequality obsessed liberal arts department at a 5th rate former Polytechnic. It is truly dire. The section that deals with education of kids is here and I reproduce it in full.

Gender stereotypes in primary and secondary schools influence the perception of young children and youngsters of how men and women should behave. Special educational programmes and study materials should therefore be introduced in which men and women are no longer used in examples in their ‘traditional roles’, with the male as the breadwinner of the family and the female as the one who takes care of the children;

With reference to media and advertisement, it must also be noted that unsupervised television viewing among children and youngsters starting at a very early age is on the rise. Negative gender stereotypes can therefore have a significant influence on young women’s confidence and self-esteem, particularly on teenagers, resulting in a restriction of their aspirations, choices and possibilities for future career possibilities. Given the media’s significant influence on people’s perception on gender equality, special orientation courses are needed to raise awareness in Advertising Standard Committees and self-regulatory bodies about the negative influences of gender discrimination and stereotypes in the media.

The Daily Mail has extrapolated from this that books such as the Famous Five where mother looks after the house while father earns a living will be phased out to be replaced by literature showing women as bread winners and men changing nappies and attending self-awareness classes.

I guess on the TV front, Postman Pat will have to re-train as a florist, while Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub will become the dinner ladies at the Trumpton & Camberwick Primary school. Bob the Builder will become a social worker in Haringey (thus not infecting kids with the evil idea of capitalism). But it is good news for Peppa Pig. Under the quota system the committee also wishes to impose she will be moonlighting between dual roles as chairman of BP and the European Commissioner in charge of International Aid. So much better than hunting for dinosaurs with her brother George as he trains to be a lap dancer.

So potentially the famous Five would be toast. I am in no doubt that the crackpot Teacher’s Unions would lap this rubbish up and scrap Blyton ( who must be perceived as being of a bygone age) to be replaced with some modern piffle with no plot.

So the Mail has over-egged the soup. But the EU is bonkers. That the British taxpayer has to pay for piffle like this report to be served up is a shocker. That it may be implemented is worse.

Of you are feeling brave, pour yourself a stiff whisky and read the whole horrific report HERE.

I warn you it is pretty grim.

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