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Thread #60626 Message #975786
Posted By: The Shambles
03-Jul-03 - 05:05 AM
Thread Name: Licensing Bill UK - Urgent help please.
Subject: RE: Licensing Bill UK - Urgent help please.
I have sent this one to them - it recognises the stark reality that this is now a political football and many back -door deals are being done and past favours repaid and that if they wish to ignore the issues and play political games with our lives - there is a price to be paid.
Nick Harvey (Lib Dem, Shadow Culture Minister) said: '... I listened the Minister's predictions of doom, disaster and calamities for public safety if we do not have entertainment licensing for all events, however modest their scale. I cast my mind north of the border to Scotland where there is no public entertainment licensing, yet I see no signs of the death, disease and pestilence that the Minister anticipates if we do not operate the regime in England. The Government have raised a completely false spectre.'
I have never voted anything other than Labour.
Because of this Bill and the lies that have been told about it by this Government - I intend to vote Lib Dem from now on.
If at this late stage the Lib Dems in the Lords vote to support the Government, to sacrifce music and the principles they have stood firm on so far - I will not do this way - ever.
The Bill was reported to have been much improved after the Lords amended it. The Government have voted out these. If Lib Dems in the Lords now accept the Bill as stands - for this amendment is purely cosmetic - they may has well accepted it the first time.
Please circulate this to anyone who can help to ensure that democracy and truth is not dead.