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Thread #54636   Message #930586
Posted By: ET
10-Apr-03 - 03:13 PM
Thread Name: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Subject: RE: Sign a E Petition to 10 Downing St PELs
Now that Kim Ill Sung Howells has ordered the mindless to vote his way in the Commons we are left with the faint hope that the Lords will play up - I am not really sure that they will because this is not a subject of great passion to them. The Lawyers performing group is trying for the report stage to get some amendments but things don't look too good. It is looking as if it is essential to pursuade your local licensee to fill in the entertainment tick box on his pub business plan (and that it will not cost him dear). Looks like Morris etc will need a licence in the form of a special event notification and 20.

Remind you local prospective councillors if you see one before the May elections. I plan to insert the long drone on my Ulliean pipes where the sun don't shine if one appears at my door.

You might be interested to know how little democracy there is. On the licensing bill the Lords passed 9 amendments, all good stuff. The commons set up a standing committee to look at this. The committee consisted of 16 people, 10 labour, 4 conservative and 2 Lib Dems. Voting was whipped and so all amendments were lost. Howells just said "withdraw the amendments", with no reason and the labour lot geniflected before him. The Lords could re visit this but only if they are up to a constitutional fight and since most of the hireditary peirs have gone, not likely to. So 16 men decide our fate!. I wonder if Howells can be brought to book when the 5% of pubs with a PEL is reduced to 2% and live music becomes a real rarity?