A Legal Grey Area

As she said at the time, even though that time was not entirely propitious, there is not much you can do about it.

Apart from running for the hills, of course.

However, there is a school of thought that leans towards the idea that running for the hills whenever these incidents occur is less a matter of doing something about them and more a matter of not doing anything…. Apart from buggering off with alacrity, that is.

Still, there are many of us including all (both) of you gathered here today who see discretion as the better part of valour. Or – at least – the least painful option.

Anyway, it is a well-know fact that with most forms of alleged ‘music’ being out of earshot is he best of the available options. Even though the culling of amateur musicians is somewhat of a grey area, legally. Or, at the very least, it ought to be open for discussion amongst reasonable people, and even lawyers (if you can afford to attract their attention).

Still, although most people’s grasp of history is a bit shaky for any major historical period preceding what was on the telly last week, there are some who have heard of the Highland Clearances. Those that know more, are aware that this was not some reality property TV show from the 18th century, but a forceful clearance of people from the Scottish Highlands. Although, until now, the role played by the traditional Scottish bagpipes in removing these people has been downplayed somewhat. Mainly under pressure from the Scottish tourist industry and bagpipe manufacturers. But it can no longer be ignored.

Nor can the role of traditional folk musics in the flight of the peasantry from the countryside to the cites during, especially, the early stages of the industrial revolution.

Consequently, there are several laws dating from this period which have never been fully repealed. This despite the UK having an amateur musician, and even more amateur politician, as Prime Minister during the dark days of the 1970s.

Therefore, as surprising as it is to some people, it is not that illegal to cull amateur musicians. Especially so if they are caught out in the wild or worrying sheep… or, for that matter, perturbing cows.

Nor, for that matter is it against the law to take armed action against those who think their young child is a musical prodigy in the making.

However, mainly as a means of getting revenge on the voters of the EU countries for not taking the EU elections seriously, there are moves afoot in the EU parliament towards outlawing, or even banning altogether, the hunting of amateur musicians. As well as the culling of the more dangerous types, up to and including street buskers. Many see this as yet another threat by the EU to long-standing British freedoms and traditions, if not a further erosion of of our cultural identity. Others though just prefer the peace and quiet that comes after the guns fall silent.

Published by David Hadley

A Bloke. Occasionally points at ducks.

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