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Thread #54636   Message #895739
Posted By: ET
22-Feb-03 - 05:25 AM
Thread Name: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Subject: RE: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
This to Tessa Jowell, Howell's boss. Have written to her before but had no reply to anything.

15 February 2003

Dear Madam,

Re English Folk Dance and Song Society The Bill will kill folk arts.

I was interested in your recent comments on culture in Germany and the lack
of Culture in England. I enclose a paper from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (efdss) which makes out a clear case for real deregulation to enable folk arts to flourish.

I know Mr Howells says that his intentions are to encourage folk arts and music but I think whoever drafted the Bill has come up with provisions that will have exactly the opposite effect. (a paper commenting on his "exploding myths" leaflet is also attached.)

I had recently written to you urging the exemption of non amplified music etc from this bill. This, if adopted from Lords amendments, would answer most of the EFDSS problems.

I know that the government has grave and weighty matters to contend with at this time but it would be dreadful if a culture going back centuries was lost by distraction.

Yours gratefully