Comics for children extolling so-called virtues of the European Union should be banned, says UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.
He is now writing to the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan demanding any such publication be withdrawn from schools across England and Wales.
It was revealed on Monday that the EU’s Publications Office has produced a series of cartoon strips, games and colouring books in the style of classics like the Beano or The Dandy. They include bizarre stories about the Common Agricultural Policy, the European Commission’s regional policy and spending across the continent in general.
Mr Nuttall says the publications are “essentially EU propaganda” and as such should be banned under Article 406 of the Education Act 1996, which forbids the promotion of partisan political views in schools.
He said: “Never mind that schoolchildren have about as much interest in the Common Agricultural Policy as I do, what on earth does the EU think it is up to now?
“The Education Act 1996 makes it clear that the pursuit or promotion of partisan political views is strictly forbidden in schools, and for very good reason.
“Children should be free to study and grow without being indoctrinated by an organisation that is quite clearly political, as it is controlled, praised and criticised by politicians at all levels.
“Interestingly, one of the cartoons says that the way the EU’s £101 billion budget is spent is ‘watched very closely’.
“But nowhere does it explain why the EU’s accounts haven’t been signed off for 19 years, and when challenged they’ve even admitted not knowing how much these comics have cost to produce!
“It is telling that the EU feels it has to try to get children indoctrinated at an early age, because they’re clearly worried that more and more adults are turning their back on this wasteful institution.”