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Ticket resale

Comment 6th September 2010

Repeal Sections 166, 166A and 167 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which forbid the resale of certain tickets.

Why does this matter?

There is nothing wrong with selling a ticket on; it is a valuable commodity I should be free to sell.  The Act only applies to "designated football matches" (not middle class sports) and was passed after a press-panic campaign in the 1990's as a reaction to crowds turning up at football matches in the hope of buying a ticket; something best dealt with through a local bye-law. Its effect has been to give the wealthy football clubs a commercial monopoly.

A few months later a theatrical ticket agency, which resold tickets for operas and West End plays, went bust and MPs passed a motion mourning its demise; no-one saw the irony.

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