There is one person worse than Nanny; someone more annoying, more rabid and more keen to stamp down on our freedom.
Whom do I speak of? (or is it "who"?)
I bet you can guess, can't you?
Yes, that's right, Euro Nanny; in the shape and form of our unknown, lazy, corrupt and invisible MEPs, who defraud us of millions via exaggerated/fraudulent expense claims, excess salaries etc.
MEPs want TV regulators in the EU to set guidelines which would see the end of anything deemed to portray women as sex objects, or reinforce gender stereotypes.
In other words attractive women will be banned from advertising anything, eg perfume, bras, steel plate.
Let us be clear, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and very much down to social/cultural norms; so who exactly will determine if a woman is attractive of not?
The new rules have been outlined in a report by the EU's women's rights committee.
Swedish MEP Eva-Britt Svensson(a land I have lived in for 5 years) wants Britain and other members to use existing equality, sexism and discrimination laws to control advertising.
Ms Svensson wants regulatory bodies set up to monitor adverts, and introduce a "zero-tolerance" policy against "sexist insults or degrading images".
Ms Svensson said:
"Gender stereotyping in advertising straitjackets women, men, girls and boys by restricting individuals to predetermined and artificial roles that are often degrading, humiliating and dumbed down for both sexes.
Gender stereotyping in advertising is one of several factors that have a big influence in efforts to make society more gender equal.
When women and men are portrayed in a stereotypical way the consequence may be that it becomes difficult in other contexts to see women and men's resources and abilities."
Who will set the standards then?
Our own Advertising Standards Authority recognises that the proposals are bollocks:
"Although the ASA supports the overall objectives of the report... the approach suggested is inflexible and impractical."
All well and good.
However, as we know, British Nanny keeps enshrining more and more EU legislation in our own legal framework. These rules will come in via the back door, as our MP's sleep.
Whilst I feel that the EU as a trading pact represents an opportunity for the UK, I believe that all other aspects of this experiment in European unification represents a serious threat to the liberty and freedom of the people of the EU (including us on the tiny offshore unsinkable aircraft carrier, known as Britain).
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