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  • Libdem release statement on Form 696


    by Sunny
    2nd September, 2009 at 2:57 am    

    The Libdems have released a statement on Form 696 (without any prompting from me!):

    Commenting on the calls from the music industry to ban the controversial Form 696 which forces musical acts to disclose personal information, Liberal Democrat Shadow for Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, Don Forster said:

    “It is frankly bizarre that the police believe that there is some kind of link between the genre of music and the perceived safety of audience members. The police seem to be saying certain music genres and the people who enjoy them are ‘trouble’ and must be heavily monitored.”

    “Form 696 once questioned the ethnicity of the music acts and its audience, which only adds to suspicious over nature of this act. Thankfully this line of questioning has since been pulled. After this weekends’ successful Notting Hill Carnival, it is important that we continue to uphold the very British traditions of equality and diversity. Form 696 is taking this important work and unravelling it the seams.”

    Spot on. The police response to our letter so far has not been to deny racial profiling, but just say ‘well, it’s worked for us in a few cases‘. I’m sure locking everyone up would also kill of crime but there has to be a balance between policing and respecting civil liberties.
    If the police carry on with their practice of racial profiling and harassing black and Asian event organisers then you can bet your bottom dollar that these young people are going to be even more hostile towards the police. And if they want to reduce violent-crime then it’s their help the police needs.

    I’ve also had an email clarifying an important point:

    Don’t forget that Form 696 is now inextricably linked to the Licensing Act 2003. It is only because councils decided in 2008 to make Form 696 a potential licence condition, enforced under the Act, that failure to comply (where imposed as a licence condition) became a potential criminal offence.

    You can read more about this and other needless restrictions on live music resulting from the Licensing Act at livemusicforum.co.uk

    There is more coverage of this campaign to come in the coming days.


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    1. MaidMarian — on 2nd September, 2009 at 6:04 pm  

      ‘If the police carry on with their practice of racial profiling and harassing black and Asian event organisers then you can bet your bottom dollar that these young people are going to be even more hostile towards the police. And if they want to reduce violent-crime then it’s their help the police needs.’

      Why do the police need their help specifically? Are you suggesing that violent crime is more prevalent amongst black and asian communities?

      Oh - when it comes to this form, you are totally overreacting.

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