Good News from Parliament
So, what else can we talk about? I know. A Private Member's Bill – The Live Music Bill – finally made its way through the many and various stages of the legislative process. Parliament-watchers will know just how impressive this is. PMBs, as they are known, can be blown off course by the slightest thing – whether it's the Government of the day withholding support at a critical moment or one of the back-bench awkward squad shouting 'object' at just about any point. So congratulations to the people behind it, and to everyone who supported it, and most of all to the collective common sense without which etc.
As you'll have guessed, the Bill wouldn't be about to become an act without Government support in the shape of my team at DCMS beavering away to help behind the scenes. My thanks to them, and now we can move on to build on the spirit of the Live Music Bill ourselves, with a broader reform of licensing rules and regulations affecting entertainment more generally. I've written about this in the past and we spent a fair slice of last year consulting the trade and the public on what they thought of our plans. There were hundreds of responses so inevitably we have to move at a slower pace than the PMB was able to do. But be assured, we'll get there as quickly as we possibly can.
Do I detect an attitude that ammounts to a message to live music - saying 'that's your lot mate'.....?