Public school twat Damian Collins MP has claimed that young people should busk if they want a job in London despite street musicians being illegal in many parts of the capital.
Buskers are banned completely from the Square Mile whilst in other boroughs a permit is required. The Tory run Westminster Council even have a page on their website warning that police may be called to deal with troublesome buskers.
Whilst there are now some pitches available on the tube, for those without a licence it is a criminal offence to “play a musical instrument on London Underground property” – something I once had a hard time believing even whilst I was being arrested for it.
When not indulging in petty crime Collins thinks that young people should work for free and leave school at 16, despite his own Oxbridge education, which incidentally we probably paid for.
The truth is the bottom fell out of busking a long time ago for all but the professional and licenced street performers at Covent Garden and other select locations. Even licenced buskers often face harassment from the police and there’s not much money to be made these days. Mugging yuppies is far more lucrative and leaves much more time for workfare.
This toff bashing note seems as good a time as any to welcome Ian Bone back to blogging at: http://ianbone.wordpress.com/