Latest EU directive for bashing musicians
The latest crackpot directive from Brussels is to ban cow-gut (beef-gut) strings for violins etc. This is the Daily Mail’s take on it: (there are equivalent articles in the Daily Telegraph and elsewhere)
Note that, as is not uncommon with the DM, the article soon fails to distinguish between beef-gut and the much more common sheep-gut strings, so that may muddy the issue for some readers.
The banning of the fairly recently developed cow-gut strings is unlikely to affect folk musicians, because cow-gut is for a very specialist niche in classical music, but the situation will become much more serious if the besuited buffoons in Brussels start applying such directives to sheep-gut strings. Sheep-gut core strings are used by many musicians in all types of music, including folk, and the covered Eudoxa brand has been a bench mark for as long as most of us can remember.