So, as Michael Howard announced to the ecstastic blue-rinse and grey-suit brigades at last year's party conference, squatting will be criminalised, police will be able to throw a five-mile cordon around any potential rave site, and it will be illegal to challenge anyone going about the legitimate sport of ripping apart a few foxes on a Saturday morning. Cue standing ovation.
As the Bill limps its way back into the Commons, weighed down by clauses instigated by the Lords, the anti-CJB lobby is gathering in strength. There's a central London march on 9 Oct and bands are doing Freedom Network benefit concerts. The next one is headlined by the hippy/crusty dance types, Children of the Bong, with noise surrealists, 70 Gwen Party and Flying Saucer Attack (above) also on the bill. DJs from the hard-synth dance club, Eurobeat 2000, spin the discs afterwards, music of the ilk that could warrant a huge police crackdown if played at an unauthorised venue soon, should Michael Howard get his way. Time to dance, before the police come. . .
The CJB benefit for the Freedom Network is tomorrow (5 Oct) at the Powerhaus, 1 Liverpool Rd, N1 (071-837 3218), pounds 4adv
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