Laws Are Laws, But You Can't Pick and Choose
PUBLISHED: 11:39 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:38 04 May 2010
THERE have been lots of comments regarding the poets in the Royal Standard over the last few weeks. I have some empathy as there are a lot of laws of the Land that I do not like or agree with. However, no-one has the option of obeying the laws they like
THERE have been lots of comments regarding the poets in the Royal Standard over the last few weeks. I have some empathy as there are a lot of laws of the Land that I do not like or agree with. However, no-one has the option of obeying the laws they like and disregarding the ones they do not like. That system only operates in dictatorships.
First and most importantly, I applaud the East Cambs officers for doing their duty and their job exceptionally well. I would like to emphasise that they are employed to enforce these laws, rules, licences, etc and they do not have the option to choose which laws they want to enforce.
As I understand it, the people involved in organising the poets plays were fully aware of the requirements; otherwise they would not have previously applied for the correct licence. It beggars belief that they could now cry "unfair, foul, we did not know". If they truly did not know, they should take the time to enquire about all requirements necessary, just as the rest of us are required to do when we organise events. No one can just do what they want, Laws must be obeyed even if they seem silly, for most laws there are very good reasons, however sometimes these might not at first be apparent.
The people who call the law "silly" may want to get it changed. In this country there exists a system that allows this to happen. If they feel strongly enough about it, I suggest they do this and stop having a go at the officers who are trying to do their job efficiently in trying to stop unauthorised events.
If an unauthorised "rave" was held I am sure these very same individuals would be saying, "what are East Cambs going to do about it".
District councillor (Ely North ward)
East Cambridgeshire District Council