BALLOON seller Colin Gledhill has been left deflated by the latest EU bureaucracy.
Under the Toy Safety Directive a raft of new guidelines and rules take effect. Young children can’t blow up balloons unsupervised. And party blowers are categorised as unsafe for under-14s.
They, along with toy whistles and recorders, can’t be sold unless they pass stringent new safety checks.
Mr Gledhill, who runs Roy’s: The Balloon and Party Shop in Halifax Borough Market, said adults bought products such as whistles for their children. And people were aware of the dangers of inhaling helium and his shop displayed notices to that effect.
“You would think it enough that kids were supervised by their parents,” he said.
“You can go too far. Children need to talk, walk, breathe.
“There is no common sense anymore.”
Godfrey Bloom, UKIP Euro MP for Yorkshire, unearthed the new rulings under a mountain of paperwork and said implementing the new directive would push prices up.
“I have to wonder if there is no area of our lives on which the EU does not want to imprint its totalitarian stamp,” he said.
“Taking away toy whistles and recorders, toys with magnets, such as fishing games and wooden cranes, just because of a slim chance of danger, is going too far.
“This is the EU banning things for the sake of it and not because of a public demand for such action. Whatever next, chopping down trees so children can’t climb and fall out of them?”
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