British tabloids and their Euromyths 09/04/2013
The EU has ruled on the curves of cucumbers, forbidden hairdressers from wearing heels, and even financed a porn film. These urban legends about decisions taken in Brussels are as endless as they are false. And they all get the kiss of life in the same place: the British tabloids.
Sovereignty, economic growth, immigration, influence on the world stage: these have been the big issues in Britain’s debate on whether to stay in the European Union. But teabags, vacuum cleaners and oven gloves may have as much sway on the outcome.
Just in case a Brexit vote today marks the beginning of the end of the euro-myth, we celebrate the most inventive red herrings of all and judge just how truthful they were.
When it comes to reporting new legislation planned by the European Union, many British tabloids have a tendency to "overdo it".