Monday 30 July 2001 12.26pm
With regard to the recent events at both Stainer Street
(SE1), and The Ministry of Sound
, questions arise as to the bias of Southwarks Licensing Committee. How can it come to pass that a successful and safe club operator can be shut down, while deaths and woundings occur elsewhere. We need to support those club operators who have a proven track record, because over the long term they provide a much needed cultural service.
Clubs are an established part of London's life, and should be controlled by people who balance their duty of care (a principle that is firmly embedded in the laws of the UK) with the profits available, in such a way as to provide a decent service.