Nanny State Strikes Again

The Nanny State has struck again in Europe and it seems children are being denied fun because of it. Playgrounds have been “de-funned” long ago, but now it’s those nasty balloons that need attention. Is there anything the EU finds acceptable?

Thanks to Drudge for Pointing Out This UK Report

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…The EU toy safety directive…states that balloons must not be blown up by unsupervised children under the age of eight…party games including whistles and magnetic fishing games are to be banned…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.

As well as new rules for balloons and party whistles, the EU legislation will impose restrictions on how noisy toys, including rattles or musical instruments, are allowed to be…An EU official admitted that the new regulations could be difficult to understand but insisted that safety experts knew best. “You might say that small children have been blowing up balloons for generations, but not anymore and they will be safer for it,” said an official.

Read it here: Nanny Strikes Again



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