July I warned that Nanny was bringing her guns to bear on "leafleteers":
"Nanny's local councils have come up with another wheeze to keep
themselves in the luxury to which they have become accustomed. This time
they have hit upon the idea of using legislation (the Clean
Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005) to force people who hand out
leaflets in the street to buy licences.
know that corporations who hire people to hand out gazillions of
leaflets advertising their unwanted products can be deemed to be a
nuisance (given that most of these leaflets are thrown into the bin).
However, the legislation will also apply to anyone who hands out
leaflets, even those who are looking for their lost cat.
Let us not forget that the origins of the "free" press (a scourge of governments throughout the ages) were the Pamphleteers.
the modern "Pamphleteers" are the small-scale organisations eg; Women's
Institutes, comedy clubs, student societies and political campaigners.
These organisations (eg if operating in Basildon) are forced to pay £350
to hand out leaflets on a Saturday, those who operate in Wolverhampton
are being charged £262 per distributor.
Approximately 45 local authorities in England now insist that people have to buy a licence to hand out leaflets.
The councils claim that this is a litter related issue.
Errmmm..if people throw the leaflets on the street then surely it is for them to be fined, not the pamphleteer?
reality in fact is that it is a great way to make money, and to
restrict the freedom of speech of their hard pressed citizens.
Ker Farking Ching!
Councils are the enemies of the people."
Following on from that, The Manifesto Club have stated that in certain towns (including that bastion of liberty and wonderfully louche behaviour, Brighton - my home town:)) have banned unlicensed leaflets altogether:
"It has become almost impossible to hand out leaflets in many town and
city centres. Local councils including Brighton, Leicester and Leeds
have introduced leafleting zones, within which you have to pay a fee
(and often wear a badge) if you want to flyer.
These rules have been
catastrophic for grassroots organisations, including village halls,
comedy clubs and nightclubs, who rely on leafleting to inform local
people about their events."
As I have stated many times (repeating the same message with the depressing inevitability of an unloved season) councils are the enemies of the people!
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