Nanny Knows Best

Nanny Knows Best
Dedicated to exposing, and resisting, the all pervasive nanny state that is corroding the way of life and the freedom of the people of Britain.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Nanny Bans Bells

Nanny Bans Bells
Tis soon the season to be miserable, and rest assured that Nanny is well up to speed in ensuring that as many people as possible are inconvenienced this Christmas by her anti Christmas nonsense.

Callington Town Band in Cornwall, a registered charity, have found out to their cost that they can't play Jingle Bells in their Christmas shows unless they pay for a licence.

The reason?

The song has no religious content.

The band will have to pay £21 each for seven temporary licences to cover their Christmas programme because Nanny, in the form of the local licensing authority, says so.

Nanny's chums in Caradon District Council's licensing department told the band it would fall foul of the Licensing Act 2003, if it played anything other than religious based carols during its seven Christmas concerts.

The council says that a temporary entertainment notice was needed every time entertainment was provided in venues without public licences.

Now common sense surely dictates that a sensible way around this could be found, eg the fee is waived or the seven concerts are counted as one.

After all, the Licensing Act was meant to cover nightclubs and commercial operations rather than charitable Christmas concerts.

However, in Nanny's Britain common sense has been banned. Local councils are experts in not applying common sense, indeed one wonders if their role in life is to in fact deliberately antagonise and suppress the people that they claim they serve?

One other point of course, that stares us in the face like a syphilitic sore, is that of course the good old boys on Caradon District Council will make some money out of charging seven times for the same event.

Funny that isn't?

Cliff McKane, the band chairman, said:

"We were aghast when we received the letter

telling us that we had to have a license

unless we played on private property.

It was amazing

The band a raises hundreds of pounds for charity each year, this year they are fundraising for the Cornwall Blind Association.

The local MP, Colin Breed, said that the ruling was an unintentional consequence of the licensing operations:

"It's just total nonsense.

We have to get to the question of whether the band are to play Jingle Bells.

Hopefully common sense will prevail.

I'm trying to get a more localised version of the law

hopefully we will resolve it before anyone plays Jingle Bells

Nice to hear, but he shouldn't have to waste his time (and taxpayer's money) on this bollocks in the first place.

Mr McKane noted that he was confused with the new licensing laws which he says have meant the band need a license if they perform in a church yard, but not a few yards away inside the church building.

"Fines can be as much as £6,000 I've been told.

A lot of district councils are turning a blind eye

Caradon District Council's licensing officer, Michelle Brooking, stonewalled by hiding behind the law:

"The ruling was brought in by the Licensing Act in 2003."

Can anyone tell what use local councils are?

They seem to be no use to man nor beast.

Their only rationale seems to be to enforce bureaucratic rules on the local electorate as a means of raising money, which is then spent on their salaries and expenses.

Time to abolish local councils methinks!

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  1. Anonymous12:22 PM

    The whole thing is just too ridiculous for words. I agree, time to ban the bloody lot of them. Roll on the revolution!!!

  2. Anonymous6:29 PM

    Pretty simple solution here I reckon. Indicate the intention to play the song anyway, and then invite the Press Corps to the concerts to witness the spectacle of the local council trying to stop a charity concert and prosecute the organisers. Plenty of cracking headlines there. Walking male genitalia (can I say that Ken?) like the members of Caradon Council do seem to shrivel and go limp in the cold light of negative publicity.

  3. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Well I've just sent them an email asking if they are collecting funds for these stupid licences online. I think Andy's idea is a lot better though - we shouldn't let those swine get away with crap like this..

  4. Anonymous1:30 PM

    And this is what they sent back ...

    Thanks for your interest and comments. As secretary it would seem I have opened a can of worms!!
    Have received e-mails from all over the country, also cheques.
    It would seem Caradon are hoping to find a way around this and keep within the law.
    The Government is killing Christianity and Christmas as quickly as possible it seems.

    Well well - looks like they're getting some support from all over the place. Good on 'em!!

  5. Anonymous5:42 PM

    I don't suppose there is any chance that the local councils could invert the the law and require a licence for private commercial property but not public is there?

    Might stop the weeks of mind destroying 'christmas' music blasted as us in shopping centres.

    To much to hope for I suppose. Oh well, I needed a sound (pun intended) excuse to avooid the shopping trial this year ...