“If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project than this is it.”
I really wish I could take credit for crafting this line. I cannot imagine a more appropriate response to the ridiculous measure taken by the European Union in outlawing the product claim that water can prevent dehydration than this line, which was uttered by British politician Roger Helmer.
Mr. Helmer also had this to say. “The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are: highly-paid, highly-pensioned officials worrying about the obvious qualities of water and trying to deny us the right to say what is patently true.” Bravo, cheers, huzzah, etc.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to see how this meddlesome, Nanny-State law making came about, as on both sides of the pond a soft-tyranny has become the norm. Starting in December of 2011, bottled water producers are not allowed to make the claim that water can prevent dehydration and will face a two-year jail sentence if they do.
Thomas Jefferson said, “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.” Let the ridicule begin. Don’t engage in trying to reason with the idiots in the European Food Standards Authority, make fun of them.
At a conference in Parma, Italy a group of 21 scientists concluded that not enough water content was a symptom of dehydration and not something that drinking water could effect or control. Really?!? Calling Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine… Mr. Helmer’s line needs to be repeated. “If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project then this is it.”