Mudcat Café message #888904 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #54636   Message #888904
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
12-Feb-03 - 05:22 PM
Thread Name: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Subject: RE: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
The thing is, listening to Tessa Jowell and reading the transcript, there's an interesting difference between the "promise" Kim Howells made back in July, that for sessions and singarounds there would be no need at all for any kind of licence to be in place, "so long as money isn't changing hands", and what she said.

This time what's supposed to be protected, if she were to be trusted to follow through, would be "a situation where six people are sitting around in a pub and they start singing together or somebody has a guitar and they start singing".

Which, when you think of it doesn't sound like the same thing at all as a normal singaround or session, where people have arranged to get together on a regular basis, and it's open to others to come along and join in.

I'd say there definitely seems to be an indication that some kinds of concessions could be in the pipeline. However they could be well short of anything we'd want. They could in fact fall in line with Tessa Jowell's remarks, but not even extend as far as what Kim Howells promised (falsely it seems) to deliver. (71109 signatures now.)