The UK Independence Party has this week abandoned plans to take a fancy dress ostrich to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The Eurosceptic party wanted to protest about this week’s debate on the European constitution.
However, UKIP organisers have apparently been deterred by new moves to improve the behaviour of MEPs.
Under the plan, also to be debated this week, MEPs who misbehave (for example, by dressing up as ostriches) could face the ultimate penalty: having their allowances withdrawn for up to 10 days.
UKIP insists it did not cave in under this threat. A UKIP spokesman admitted: “We couldn’t find an ostrich costume.”