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Thread #60626 Message #976313
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
03-Jul-03 - 08:31 PM
Thread Name: Licensing Bill UK - Urgent help please.
Subject: RE: Licensing Bill UK - Urgent help please.
"The problem has never been the question of licensing...
Yes, it was and it is. It's wrong for any Government to make us have a licence for a basic human right. Even if it exercised sensibly and in a way that doesn't interfere in practice all that much, this legislation is still oppressive.
There's a difference between on the one hand having a law that lays down a number of situations that limit our right to do something, and on the other hand a law that says that we can't do it in any circumstances unless we have a licence.
Fair enough to say you can't do things such as make music in a public place in circumstances where this could cause a nuisance or cause danger - but to say you can't do them period without a licence, that is way over the limit of what is acceptable.
A few concessions have indeed been achieved which will make things better than they would have been without the campaign; and it could well be that the guidelines will dictate a softly softly approach generally. But I'd be ashamed to be a member of any political party that had been responsible for this whole thing.