Too frequently tickets for many cultural and sporting events are block-booked by touts who intend to re-sell at many times the face value (this practice is insidiously creeping into the activities of companies who appear to be arms of legitimate ticket agents). Why should genuine enthusiasts be denied the opportunity to purchase event tickets because the event in question has sold out quickly because of large numbers of touts purchasing tickets en bloc? Why should genuine customers be forced to pay extortionate fees to touts if they wish to attend the event? It's like being held to ransom by these odious scumbags. The last Labour administration looked at the problem and the former Culture Secretary Andy Burnham came to the laughable conclusion that "a voluntary code of conduct should suffice". Alright then, what about tickets to charity events? What about Teenage Cancer Trust tickets that were being offered for sale by touts online and outside the venue at several times their face value…? Doesn't ticket-touting at this sort of event pretty much amount to defrauding a charity? Why on earth should it be left to a completely ineffective "voluntary code"? If I want to donate to Teenage Cancer Trust by attending their events, I certainly don't wish to pay anywhere between £50 and £150 to a scumbag tout for the privilege of doing so. Forget the red herring of talking to eBay about donating percentages of resale profits, simply legislate against ticket-touting for charity events in the first instance, and if this doesn't begin to send out the message that society will no longer tolerate touting, then use the Charity Event Legislation as a starting point or precedent for further legislation that will finally and comprehensively eradicate the problem elsewhere.
Legislate against this distasteful practice,