Cantabridgian Squeezers, the motion goes before the City Council on Wednesday!
Make a little noise
Mark, can you give us the contact details for those defending the Plough & Stars
? I can't be there
to help, but I'd like to be sure that they've considered all the arguments I've
be an open-and-shut case in favor of the pub, but many a strong case has been lost by weak argument. And many a governing body has been successfully bullied by a loud and passionate minority.
I recommend that anyone who supports the Plough & Stars
in spirit do their utmost to be at the Council meeting in body, as well. An attack on live music at a place with a long tradition like P&S
is in fact an attack on the basic concepts of both self-made music and shared musical culture. (There are strong non-musical arguments, as well, but I think live music is one interest that everyone here shares.) If someone -- not the owner, and I would guess not even a patron -- can succeed in shutting down the music in a place like that, it would set a dangerous precedent. I suspect some of the Brits can see parallels between this and the Public Entertainment Licensing struggle in England.
It might be well to form separate groups before you enter, so that each group and its size can be easily identified in order demonstrate the extent (a cluster will always look bigger than the same number scattered) and nature of the support. I believe the relevant groupings would be:
... 1) Those who live within the Council's jurisdiction. These people should have as much right to argue their views as the petitioners. Furthermore, they are voters to whom the Council members are answerable at election time.
... 2) Those from other communities who have attended P&S
musical events, either as musicians or audience, because they consider those events to be positive cultural experiences and a credit to the community. (If get the chance to mention that among their reasons for coming to P&S
from other communities is the peaceful and relatively quiet -- I'm assuming the volume is not brain-homogenizing -- nature of the events, that's unlikely to hurt.)
... 3) Those who have not personally attended the P&S
events, but who support and (presumably) attend similar events in other areas, and who consider such activities to be a positive influence in the community and society as a whole, and thus worth supporting outside their own community. (Someone might even want to say "positive moral
influence", rather than just "positive influence", and then advance that position by contrasting the good behavior of those involved with the behavior exhibited by those involved in other activities.)