Shipley MP speaks in favour of ticket touts

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Philip Davies Philip Davies

Shipley MP Philip Davies sparked controversy by backing ticket touts – describing them as a key part of the “free market”.

The Conservative MP said agents who snap up bulk tickets for music and sports events – to sell on, at inflated prices – were “desirable” for real fans. And he poured scorn on a Labour backbench campaign to crack down on touts, describing it as “nonsense” and “another populist bandwagon”.

Mr Davies also said the campaign showed Labour no longer believed in the “redistribution of wealth”, arguing many touts were poorer people selling to the rich.

The MP said: “The first rule of the free market is that if a product is sold to someone, the product belongs to them and they can do with it as they please. That happens in all walks of life. If somebody who is relatively poor wants to sell off their ticket at a huge profit, that seems a rather good redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor.

“If I want to go to an event but am not sure whether I can, because of work commitments, I have only one mechanism through which to buy a ticket – the secondary market.”

But Sharon Hodgson, a Labour MP in Sunderland, called touts “parasitical”, arguing they harmed the tourist industry by denying tickets to overseas visitors.

The MP described how her Take That-loving daughter was unable to buy a ticket to the band’s concert – only to see them on sale on websites moments later, at massive prices.

She urged ministers to force websites to state the face value of tickets – so potential buyers can see the original cost – and reveal how many tickets they have sold in the past.

That would tell buyers whether they were dealing with someone with a spare ticket they no longer needed, or a profit-making agency buying up tickets in bulk. But Mr Davies likened secondary ticket agents to retailers who broke the ‘net book agreement’ – to the fury of publishers, who wanted to set higher book prices.

He also pointed to the way the first people to snap up much-sought after gadgets – such as Buzz Lightyear toys – only to sell them on at a profit.

Mr Davies said: “Is anyone suggesting that the Government should intervene in the law to stop people reselling their Buzz Lightyears, or their designer handbags?”

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11:42am Tue 28 Jan 14

freespeech says...

I can't say I am surprised at these statements made by Mr Davies MP. He argues many touts were poorer people selling to the rich (I don't know any poor people that can buy excessive amounts of concert or sports tickets!) , he fails to mention those who are making a massive mark-up at the expense of the poor. Yes the rich will buy a bona fide tickets from any source, knowing they are handing over money to someone who is possibly not declaring their income to the authorities. Roll on 07-05-2015.
I can't say I am surprised at these statements made by Mr Davies MP. He argues many touts were poorer people selling to the rich (I don't know any poor people that can buy excessive amounts of concert or sports tickets!) , he fails to mention those who are making a massive mark-up at the expense of the poor. Yes the rich will buy a bona fide tickets from any source, knowing they are handing over money to someone who is possibly not declaring their income to the authorities. Roll on 07-05-2015. freespeech
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4:10pm Tue 28 Jan 14

allinittogether says...

A spiv justifying spivs no surprise there.
A spiv justifying spivs no surprise there. allinittogether
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4:44pm Tue 28 Jan 14

sorrow&anger says...

This is the end result of pursuing Thatcherite, greed-is-good, free market capitalism. If spivs are servicing a market then they are to be encouraged. Drug dealers are also servicing a market, does Mr Davies want to encourage those also?
This is the end result of pursuing Thatcherite, greed-is-good, free market capitalism. If spivs are servicing a market then they are to be encouraged. Drug dealers are also servicing a market, does Mr Davies want to encourage those also? sorrow&anger
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5:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

He as a point, but if you want to castigate someone for extortion of events (sporting) look no further than English football clubs.
He as a point, but if you want to castigate someone for extortion of events (sporting) look no further than English football clubs. alive and awake
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9:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

freespeech wrote:
I can't say I am surprised at these statements made by Mr Davies MP. He argues many touts were poorer people selling to the rich (I don't know any poor people that can buy excessive amounts of concert or sports tickets!) , he fails to mention those who are making a massive mark-up at the expense of the poor. Yes the rich will buy a bona fide tickets from any source, knowing they are handing over money to someone who is possibly not declaring their income to the authorities. Roll on 07-05-2015.
How can ticket touts be exploiting the poor, they are exploiting the financially able.(free market). It makes the world go round.
Should all entertainment tickets be free, allocated by the Socialist Government?
My word you would see some corruption then.
What fun that would be, 60,000 all singing the same chant.
Roll on the next election, when Tories can shed the shackles of Clegg's lot and get this Country moving forward.
[quote][p][bold]freespeech[/bold] wrote: I can't say I am surprised at these statements made by Mr Davies MP. He argues many touts were poorer people selling to the rich (I don't know any poor people that can buy excessive amounts of concert or sports tickets!) , he fails to mention those who are making a massive mark-up at the expense of the poor. Yes the rich will buy a bona fide tickets from any source, knowing they are handing over money to someone who is possibly not declaring their income to the authorities. Roll on 07-05-2015.[/p][/quote]How can ticket touts be exploiting the poor, they are exploiting the financially able.(free market). It makes the world go round. Should all entertainment tickets be free, allocated by the Socialist Government? My word you would see some corruption then. What fun that would be, 60,000 all singing the same chant. Roll on the next election, when Tories can shed the shackles of Clegg's lot and get this Country moving forward. alive and awake
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