The European Union has helped create a continental European market and knock down protectionist barriers, which is good. But it also has created another opportunity for meddling bureaucrats to interfere with people's lives.
Now consumer protests have led to at least one victory for liberty. Reports London's Sun newspaper:
Now the European Commission has finally scrapped the 20-year ban on 26 types of fruit and veg including asparagus, celery and aubergines.
They ruled they can now be sold - as long as they are labelled as "intended for processing".
Sainbury's spokeswoman Lucy Maclennan said: "We are delighted to have played a part in winning the wonky veg war against these bonkers EU regulations."
Tesco spokesman Adam Fisher said: "It's not before time. We welcome this move."
And last night it was predicted the change could see some prices fall by 40 PER CENT.
A Commission official said: "Times have changed - now household budgets are tighter and there is the problem of wasting food."
One bad regulation down. Who knows how many to go?