Anti-Law Change

Andy Trotter is a deputy chief constable for the London Metropolitan Police and being formaly reponsible for licensing in the public service is therefore a highly representable contributor for the item. His role on the segment is to whilst debating the issue of late licensing, present a range of justified arguments as to why the British police force are against the Goverments intended law change of relaxation, why putting the changes into action will be the cause of great damage to general society and its public, and, where possible to relate these arguments to subsequent public service opinion such as the national health service that share similar concerns on the issue.

On the item, Trotter would state and explain why exactly the Police believe 'extending licensing hours will lead to more binge drinking and violence', and how they think the Government are making a 'great mistake' encouraging Britain to 'adopt a holiday-resort drinking culture' if plans proceed. In order to back up his arguments on behalf of Britains police force offical statistics on crime and disorder, violence and drink related illnesses taken from the N. H. S would be put forward.

Other various issues that are likely to be brought into Trotters argument in relation specifically to the police are that of expense, wasted police time and the increase of unnecessary pressures for the already overworked force. Trotter's recent well written about discussion with the GLA Scrutany Committee could also be referred to on the subject where he stated a personal yet professional opinion of the impact of 24 hour licensing arguing that; "If you get a rise in the number of licensed premises, there's a commensurate rise in disorder and you have to skew resources to deal

around with those… I think that all it [staggered hours opening] does is spread the troubles right through the night. " 2) For law Change: Mark Hastings Mark Hastings is the head chairman of the British Beer And Pub Association. His role is to discuss the reasons why changing Britains licensing laws could improve and benefit the present undesirable condition of society, at the same time offering the public a chance to 'make the right decision' and maintain freedom in this apparent 'meritocratic country'.

He would discuss how, not only his firm but various other sections of society would benefit from 'this much needed relaxation of licensing laws'. A focus argument would be the fact that staggered drinking means exactly what the name emplies. Ensuring less people on the streets at a given time. When drinking patterns are not indefinetely at the same time, congestion, frustration and overuse of resources would not be apparent.

Aspects such as transport will be more readily available and a major benefit would be seen in a higher police to public ratio enabling the authorities to more efficiently deal with possible problems, while less at a given time are occuring. Mr Hastings would represent the views of the public such as licencees and local residents who, such as 'Caroyln Reynolds' believe the flexability to open later will result in peope leaving 'when they have had enough'. Mr Hastings would offer, rather than lists of statistics that could be argued as not showing the 'true picture' a real and validated understanding.

Other Elements: Script Layout: It has been a divider in parliament and a divider of the nation however the government insists that it is still on course for the new licensing regime to 'come into force' later this month changing the face of British culture. In a minute I will be talking to two people, whoare at the centre of the debate. First though, we will be looking at why the law change is believed to be required and how the implications of its implementation could impact on your life.

MONTAGE MUSIC Statistics on British drinkingculture / Alcoholic products MONTAGE CONTINUES It has evoked huge concern amongst all corners of society, described as actively promoting a 'binge economy', potentially damaging life for many. But Why then? FOOTAGE TAKEN FROM BARS /PUBS DRINK DEALS + OF HECTIC TOWN CENTRES IN EVENING It is a combination of putting drink offers like these across to the public in conjuction with the proposal of increasing service hours that has sparked off this mass controversy. FOOTAGE OF LOCAL RESIDENTS The law change will directly

HOUSE NEAR PUB or indirectly affect everyone especially those who are in close vacinity to establishments taking up the new license. SAMANTHA JONES (LOCAL RESIDENT) 'It is selfish, unjust and immensly irresponsible. There is quite simply no need for it'. Implications: It is requisite to be aware of the responsibilities that being a broadcaster entails, including issues of COPYRIGHT, IMPARTIALITY and FAIRDEALING. It is important that the factors mentioned above are always clarified and checked BEFORE any programme is broadcasted.

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Article from 'Google' /late licensing debate – 'Licensing: still on course for November' www. theguardian. co. uk www. alcohol. co. uk www. radio1. co. uk Other Sources: Article from 'The Times' Article from 'The Daily Express' References from BBC Politics programme