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ET Minister say's jamming OK in UK (305* d) RE: Minister say's jamming OK in UK 27 Jul 05


As oft repeated this is Act is a mess. I passed copies of the press release to members of a session last night. They found it hard to believe that the Government could be at all concerned with this trash at a time of terrorism etc - or indeed at any time.

I just think it illustrates a blinkered attitude by musicians to the dangers of legislation of this type - any many, unlike me, make a living from music, in part at least.

One scenario that caused hilarity was this - each year the Lord Mayor of the City I live near has a charity day and has a procession.   In that procession are lorries containing bands, often Afro steel drum bands etc.   Whilst the procession is moving - no licence - but when it stops at traffic lights, no longer a moving vehicle? It would be a brave enforcement officer who lept out and issued proceedings against the organiser - the mayor of his council!

Perhaps those on the back of moving lorries should be Morris Dancers - but they would all fall over when the vehicle stopped at the lights. Would this then become non licenseable comedy?

Am not seeking a serious legal response but just illustrating the nonesense of all this.


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