If Alf were a Pom, he would be an ardent campaigner for Britain’s withdrawal from that sad-sack shambles known as the European Union.
His campaigning would be given a huge lift by a just-published report.
This report is obviously the disgraceful product of an over-dose of European political correctness and female hormones.
It also demonstrates a shameful readiness to sanction censorship.
But what would be censored?
Pornography and depravity?
The report calls for a crackdown on books which portray ‘traditional’ images of mothers caring for their children or fathers going out to work.
Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five – Alf was conditioned by literature of that sort – may well finish up on the resultant list of banned books.
Peter Pan is in the firing line, too, even though a fairy plays something of a starring role, which you would think would go down well with gays.
According to the Daily Mail (here), such books could be barred from schools under the proposals from Brussels.
The Daily Mail says –
An EU report claims that ‘gender stereotyping’ in schools influences the perception of the way boys and girls should behave and damages women’s career opportunities in the future.
Critics said the proposals for ‘study materials’ to be amended so that men and women are no longer depicted in their traditional roles would mean the withdrawal of children’s classics, such as Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, Paddington Bear or Peter Pan.
The document which promotes this nonsense was prepared by the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, an outfit doubtless stacked with lesbians.
This gang of gays has also suggested EU-wide legislation is needed to tackle the way women are depicted in advertising during children’s television programmes.
And – bugger me – it further complains about the number of women in EU parliaments, and floats the idea of fixed quotas on a minimum proportion of female MPs.
But first, let’s look at the social engineering to doctor what our kids might think.
The report says: ‘Children are confronted with gender stereotypes at a very young age through television series, television advertisements, study materials and educational programmes, influencing their perception of how male and female characters should behave.
‘Special educational programmes and study materials should therefore be introduced in which men and women are no longer used in examples in their ‘traditional roles’, with the male as the breadwinner of the family and the female as the one who takes care of the children.’
The earnest sheilas responsible for this pap go on to say in their report –
‘With reference to media and advertisement, it must also be noted that unsupervised television viewing among children and youngsters starting at a very early age is on the rise.
‘Negative gender stereotypes can therefore have a significant influence on young women’s confidence and self-esteem, particularly on teenagers, resulting in a restriction of their aspirations, choices and possibilities for future career possibilities.’
So they are pressing for EU ‘legislation’ to tackle the problem.
The committee recommends:
‘Despite the EU’s commitment to equality between men and women, there is still a gap in legislation providing for non-discrimination against women and gender equality in the areas of social security, education and the media, emphasises the need for new legislation in these areas.’
The document calls on the European Commission to ‘take the issue of gender equality into account in all policy fields.’
Alf is cheered to report that one Tim Aker, spokesman for Get Britain Out, a Eurosceptic campaign group, is on the case.
He has warned:
‘If the EU has its way, millions of youngster would be denied the pleasure of reading childhood classics such as Paddington Bear, Peter Pan or the Tiger Who Came to Tea because these books show mums and dads in so-called traditional roles.
‘The Eurozone is crumbling, millions are out of work and a generation of young Europeans face a bleak future. Yet the EU is spending its time concentrating on how to socially engineer our children. This politically correct report should be binned at once.’
Alf is further cheered to learn that the proposals in the committee’s report are unlikely to win support from Britain.
But the European tossers need careful watching, because the social engineers are running amok – or nearly so.
Fair to say …
Brussels has been forced to postpone an attempt to set a legal quota for the proportion of women on company boards last month following opposition from the UK and some other member states.
The policy, championed by EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding, would make it mandatory for all publicly traded companies to fill 40 per cent of seats on their boards with women by 2020 or face hefty fines.
But opposition from several countries meant a postponement of in a vote on the issue last month.
But this Reding sheila is not to be trifled with.
Miss Reding has vowed that that she ‘will not give up’ on her crusade, however, insisting: ‘Europe has a lot to gain from more diverse corporate boards.’
She has sisters in this country, obviously, because Alf too often hears the same thing being championed here.
Dunno what he will do if they get their wicked way in this country.
Hastily retire to Queensland, perhaps, notwithstanding his view of Aussies as the descendants of thieves and vagabonds.