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Thread #46702   Message #695038
Posted By: The Shambles
21-Apr-02 - 04:43 PM
Thread Name: UK catters be useful TODAY
Subject: RE: UK catters be useful TODAY
As for discussion on uk.music.folk. Detail is not action, unfortunately.

The original exemption (1962) was specifically for a piano player and singer. It was a libralising measure, to enable music. No one really seems to know why or how in 1964 it was changed or broadened, logically if you view it as a liberalising measure, to two or less performers.

Quite why this exemption was strictly enforced to mean that three musicians were unsafe or a hazard to neighbours and automatically illegal, is a bit of a mystery to me. Maybe not to the 'official' mind?

It just seemed to roll, slowly and locally at first until all authorities seem to be under the (mistaken) impression that they have to enforce it strictly, no matter what problems it causes. The fact that they began to receive some challenges to this view, may have made them convinced that they could not change their view, even when they could find no case law support for it.

Perhaps we should not be too surprised that people with such power would be and are reluctant to give it up? Even when it is used totally against the public interest and serving the public interest is surposed to be their only purpose.

I would like to think that the reason it has now reached a head, is that we, the public have decided that enough is enough and we are not prepared to lose any more fine activities?