Simple, moronic, idiocy.
An award-winning English fruit wine maker whose customers include royal palaces and the National Trust has been landed with a bill for £30,000 after the European Union ruled that he was using the wrong sized bottles.
Jerry Schooler, 74, who has been making silver birch wine, bramble liqueur and mead for 24 years and produces 400,000 bottles a year, faces prosecution if he does not comply with a new directive.
The EU says it is illegal to sell his nine liqueurs – including bramble, walnut, ginger, sloe and strawberry – in his traditional 37.5cl bottles. They must measure 35cl instead.
What is the point of such a law? It\’s a sealed container with a clearly marked amount of contents. What greater value is achieved by insisting that the bottles should be one size or another?
Doubts have also been raised about his mead – he makes seven types at the Lurgashall Winery near Petworth, West Sussex – because officials are not sure whether to classify it as wine or spirit.
Does it actually matter whether mead is a wine or a spirit? Further, this decision will already have been taken when it was classified for alcohol duties.
For all those federasts out there, those bleating about how the EU has brought peace (and please, let us remind ourselves that NATO had rather more to do with that than an organisation that only came into being in 1992) to the continent and we\’re all now a bunch of smiling happy bunnies, this is actually what the European Union does. It\’s a monstrous bureaucratic nightmare operating upon the Roman Law system. Everything must be as the bureaucrats design it to be, nothing can be allowed to happen without their permission.
Can we leave yet?