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Thread #54636   Message #859916
Posted By: The Shambles
06-Jan-03 - 01:10 PM
Thread Name: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Subject: RE: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Thanks Ian

We don't know for sure what the Government has in mind. I fear that just to waste time and do nothing but wait until this fudge is produced, is not a good move

The pressure should be kept up now, for when they do produce whatever surreal compromise that think will keep the church lobby happy, they are unlikely to change or climb down again and we may have lost the opportunity to kick them when they are down. It is not a good idea to just wait for them to get up again.

The resilience and sheer bare faced cheek of Dr Howells is demonstrated by the following.

Dr. Howells: I am sure that the hon. Gentleman will know that, for a long time, the Conservative Government had a chance to get rid of the rule that has existed for 40 years which says that churches inside London have to apply for and receive a licence for the playing and singing of secular music. I hear what he says, but I hope that he will accept that we do not need lessons from the Conservative party on getting rid of the regulations.

This to justify why was proposing in his Bill, not that that his Government were to be credited with getting rid of this rule, but that the licensing requirement for concerts in London churches, which he critises the Tories for not scrapping, should be extended to the rest of England and Wales!

I suspect, if they are still in the mood for a fight, that the most likely outcome is that all chuch concerts should still be subject to the requirement but for free or a reduced rate. That will mean that the fees will go up for other premises, as there will be less premises providing the revenue.

Either way, the fact that they are now being forced to reconsider anything, will give us the opportunity to show up the bogus nature of the basis of the Bill.

If they are not in the mood for a fight, the more that can be thrown at them, at this point, the better. Whether this is the media, our MPs, demos or whatever else.......Especially from the non-church concert lobby.


The following from Graham Dixon.

It's gone balistic today 2000 in 24 hours - I'm getting emails from Jazz - Choirs - Rock - Comedians - War re-enactment societies.