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GUEST,The Shambles Licensing consultation announced! (1356* d) RE: Licensing consultation announced! 03 Dec 11

"So why are councils across the capital determined to attack musicians under so many guises?"

More importantly, how can this be seen to be acceptable, from those who are largely responsible for the restricted position that small-scale live music is in and who still either try to deny this or when they don't deny it, attempt to blame everyone else?

None of the submissions I have seen calling for the over-regulation of live music to continue, seem to even attempt to explain why the showing of TV sport in pubs does not require the same. Or even mention any of the Act's existing exemptions, where such over-regulation is not required to ensure the public's interest, which can safely be left for all the other existing legislation.

Probably the biggest area of criticism is over the different treatment that those who are employed to enforce this legislation seem to accept for different types and styles of music. They view live music as presenting more problems than recorded music and it is difficult to understand the reasons why this should be the case.

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