Just as calls come from Kent's Police Federation chairman Ian Pointer for police officers to be allowed to sport their tattoos when at work - to give them something to talk about with the young people they arrest - also comes the news that the EU is planning to push through a ruling in Brussels next month requiring all EU citizens who have tattoos to pay a yearly fee of £250 for the right to have them. Current plans by the EU would bring the rule into operation by January 1st 2012.
"This is just one more of the many new money grabbing rules in the pipeline they're planning to force down our throats in readiness for the next Greek bail-out" said Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday. "Well let me assure all those young British lads and lasses out there who have these tattoos that I personally will be doing all in my power to see that this ridiculous EU ruling gets thrown out"
Increasing numbers of MP's are openly calling for Britain to pull out of the EU completely. This latest attempt to impose what amounts to a stealth tax on British tattoo enthusiasts is just the tip of an ever growing ice-berg of similar schemes being thought up in Brussels, all seemingly designed to pick the pockets of EU citizens.
Continued Mr Cameron. "Only last month they tried to get through a ruling during a secret 4am sitting whereby every hat sold within the EU would have carried a £250 hat surcharge tax. Luckily we got wind of that and made sure we had enough MEPs there who like wearing hats to vote it out. Another attempt was made by them last year to pass a rule making it a requirement for all baby bonnets sold within the EU to carry a special £16O tax. They tried to get that one through during the Champions League soccer final. Fortunately it didn't go to extra time so we were just able to arrive there in time to put in a crucial vote against that one. But they just try the same kind of underhand method again a few weeks later until some soppy rule or other gets through while we're not looking. For all we know they could be passing a rule at this very moment to put a stealth charge tax of £34.55p on black leather shoes worn by EU citizens."
It was noticed that Mr Cameron was wearing brown leather shoes.