Am currently outraged by this latest press release from my fellow Evertonian, the Culture Secretary Andy Burnham. Apparently he wants to stop fans being ripped off for tickets to concerts, music events, football matches and like and is going to get the industry to help out.
These improvements can happen without the burden of new regulation, by criminalising fans who want to buy tickets for sold-out events or sell tickets that they cannot use.Yes that's right. You bought a ticket to a gig and you can't go anymore and you want to sell it to a mate or put it on eBay? Well you're can't, you're going to be criminal for selling your own property. Even more so if you try to buy a ticket for a sold out event you'll be a criminal too.
Hat Tip: Croydonian
Update: Twilight Zone time! Have just been told that the Government has said it is not proposing new legislation at all. Interestingly the wording of the press release has changed and now reads,
These improvements can happen without the burden of new regulation, or criminalising fans who want to buy tickets for sold-out events or sell tickets that they cannot use.What a difference one tiny word makes to the entire meaning? Quickest U-Turn in history? Or just a cock-up by a press officer?