Leave our boobs alone!
This one really grabbed the headlines in 2005 with the suggestion the European Union was about to stick red tape all over the sacred busts of British barmaids.
“Po-faced penpushers have deemed it a health hazard for bar girls to show too much cleavage,” wailed one red top, under the expected headline: ‘Hands off our barmaids’ boobs’.
In fact, there was an EU directive which argued employers should be responsible for ensuring any staff who worked outdoors did not suffer over-exposure to the sun in an effort to reduce skin cancer.
It suggested this might involve providing employees with suncream or allowing them to wear protective clothing.
This clarification did not, of course, stop the ensuing banner headline: ‘Lift your jugs to the Sun’.
Britain’s barmaids were not willing to be dictated to by Brussels, not even if it meant protecting their skin from harmful sunlight.