Banning Fun In The Nanny Nations

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 -2011

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If this article in The Telegraph is more of what we might expect from the EURO factions, then leave me outside of them. The article, written by Bruno Waterfield reports on how far adults will go in an effort to seem important:

Children are to be banned from taking part in traditional Christmas games, from blowing up balloons to blowing on party whistles, because of new EU safety rules that have just entered into force.

Continuing, it only gets sillier:

The EU toy safety directive, agreed and implemented by Government, states that balloons must not be blown up by unsupervised children under the age of eight, in case they accidentally swallow them and choke.

Well, somewhere, sometime, in the past or in the future, some child has already or is  likely to swallow a balloon, and quite possibly choke to death.  Then again, perhaps he or she will vomit it away or discharge it through the opposite end.  Balloons aren’t all the Nanny types will rule out of our young ones’ lives:

Apparently harmless toys that children have enjoyed for decades are now regarded by EU regulators as posing an unacceptable safety risk.

Whistle blowers, that scroll out into a a long coloured paper tongue when sounded – a party favourite at family Christmas meals – are now classed as unsafe for all children under 14.

The new rules are designed to protect children from the chance that a piece of the whistle could be swallowed and cause choking.

From the article, once can assume, all educated types are without common sense.  There is at least one professor appearing to put a stop to the hot air of the advocates of foolish rules to save us and our children from ourselves:

…. Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent, warned that toy safety bans were part of a trend to micro-manage children’s lives at the expense of allowing them to explore, learn and have fun through play.

“Toys and activities, such as blowing up balloons, are part and parcel of the type of children’s play that helps them become independent and self-reliant,” he said.

“These bans diminish the experience, both of having fun and learning, by turning play into a danger zone with rules that stifle life and adventure for children.” Under the EU legislation, Britain will have to ensure that toys are not sold in shops unless they fully comply with the new safety requirements.

There is a tad more to be read; including a sensible politician’s take on the matter of adults taking the fun from the lives of children.  You can read the complete account by clicking here. 

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