Byline: By Samantha Booth
BAKING competitions are the latest innocent pleasure to fall foul of the politically correct brigade.
The Scottish Women's Rural Institute have banned the consumption of cakes and scones entered in competitions, insisting that all baked goods are destroyed immediately following judging.
The new rules are meant to help avoid possible food poisoning outbreaks but stopping people from eating cakes and scones baked for country fair competitions just sounds like yet more political correctness gone mad.
Here, we take a look at some of the other mad rules that have invaded the UK in recent years.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in Kent were recently reported to have swapped the phrase "brainstorming" for "thought showers" out of fear of offending epileptics or the mentally ill.
A few months ago, Welsh mum Jayne Jones was prevented from taking her disabled son to school by taxi each day along with his specialist medical equipment because she had not been screened for a criminal record.
A dad was recently asked to stop taking pictures of his son on a slide by fairground staff after another mother called him a pervert. Even though he showed staff the pictures he had taken, he was not allowed to take any more.
In July, worried education chiefs banned the sack and three-legged races from an Edwardian-themed sports day at a Tyne and Wear school in case children fell over.
Airport bosses were also accused of taking political correctness too far recently when they advertised for an air traffic controller in braille.
In March, a school in Essex made headlines by covering pupils 'faces with smiley faces on a school photo posted on their internet site. They said the move was to protect children from paedophiles.
Many schools have outlawed conker games - either because of the risk of injury or potential nut allergies. Some only allow children to play if they wear safety goggles and gloves.
The Health and Safety Executive's guidelines have also led to the banning of egg boxes from craft lessons, in case they are contaminated with Salmonella.
In 2003, health and safety guidelines dictated that pins were banned from Remembrance Day poppies in case wearers stabbed themselves.
A coastguard crew had their wrists slapped for rescuing a young girl in a boat that had not been properly checked by health and safety.
In 2005, health and safety fears saw carol singers in Cornwall swap their candles for glowsticks during a 500- strong candlelit …