Fainting in Coyles An occasional letter from the
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Friday, March 19, 2004
EU court rules against schoolground games
Traditional playground games like, 'tag' and 'I'm the king of the castle' were today banned from schools across Europe on ths sayso of the European Court of Human Rights.
"Tag might seem innocuous", announced official spokesperson Bertha von Goebbels, "but it is a moral minefield for children". The court has ruled that the game encourages children to chase after one another and this can result in accidents for a start. Then you have to realise that some children will be left out, nobody will "tag' them, they will never be ít'. This of course could produce diminshed self-worth. 'I'm the King of the Castle' was singled out for even harsher criticism. "This game reinforces harmful social stereotypes," she continued, "It encourages competitiveness and is vigherously heirachical in character, it is precisely the sort of thing that is contrary to the aquis communitaire".
Ok, I'm kidding but look at this story on PA and see how far from the truth it is.
Ten years ago German banned a company from operating a Laserdrome in Bonn, using equipment from a British supplier, saying the “trivialisation of violence” was contrary to the principle of human dignity enshrined in the German constitution.
The owners appealed to Germany’s federal administrative court, which sought a ruling from the European court in Luxembourg as to whether the ban contravened the freedom to provide services under EU law.
In her opinion, advocate general Christine Stix-Hackl said the ban could be justified.
“In the present case it is possible to find the existence of a serious danger to a fundamental interest of society,” she wrote.
The advocate general’s opinion is not binding, but the court follows it in about 80% of cases.