PERFORMERS FACE ‘DOUBLE HIT’ AFTER TORY INACTION ON COVID SUPPORT AND TOURING VISAS

THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER BAND LIKE RUNRIG | petewishart
Pete Wishart in Runrig

From SNP Media:

The SNP has warned that musicians and performers face a ‘double hit’ from the UK government if the Tories fail to act on EU touring visas, on top of three million freelance workers left without a penny of COVID support.

Despite calls from SNP MPs and musical icons including Liam Gallagher and Elton John, the UK government has maintained their stance on the issue of EU touring visas – despite Brussels offering a solution during Brexit negotiations.

Pete Wishart MP, who has passionately debated the subject in the Commons this week, has toured with world-renowned bands including Runrig and Big Country. The SNP MP vowed to keep the pressure on the UK government to secure visa-free travel for performers.

Commenting, Pete Wishart MP said:

“The politically motivated decision to scrap touring visas has generated a huge response across the music industry – and it’s a double hit on millions of freelance creatives already facing crippling hardship because the UK Chancellor refuses to offer any meaningful support to them.

“Ending visa-free travel for musicians and artists cuts long-enduring creative ties between Scotland and the European Union. The UK government told the Commons this week that it is not willing to listen to these cries for help from the industry – but the SNP will continue the fight.

“The Tory government has shown no compassion for our creative sector. While three million freelancers have yet to receive a penny of support from the UK Treasury, pulling up the drawbridge on our borders will only make this creative crisis worse.

“Scotland has yet again suffered at the hands of a Tory government we did not vote for, resulting from a dodgy Brexit deal that Scotland’s six Scottish Tory MPs rubber-stamped. The best way to protect opportunities for future generations is with independence.”

5 thoughts on “PERFORMERS FACE ‘DOUBLE HIT’ AFTER TORY INACTION ON COVID SUPPORT AND TOURING VISAS”

  1. From the National

    “Following days of denial by the UK Government, last week it finally emerged that the proposal to grant UK performers visa-free tours in the EU was rejected by British negotiators because the Tories did not want to extend the same courtesy to EU artists visiting the UK”

    https://www.thenational.scot/news/19020860.uks-musicians-treated-like-pawns-chessboard-brexit-talks-snp-say/

    Before Scotland started moving towards SNP majorities and Independence the BBC used to play Runrig.

    About a year ago a Radio Scotland music programme wanted requests for music inspired by mountains, the countryside etc. A friend suggested Runrig’s “The Summer Walkers” . . . . . Didn’t make the show.

    Obviously Suilven, Ben Hope, Ben Loyal Stack and Arkle, Brae Tongue, weren’t enough.

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  2. Perhaps not strictly related but I see a lot of constructive suggestions about Scotland and Wales being able to continue with some form of participation in Erasmus. That followed some suggestions that the Republic of Ireland might support funding to allow Northern Ireland resident to continue in Erasmus programmes activity.

    I somewhat fear the UK Government have enough control over student visas to wreck any of these Erasmus proposals, whether it is for Scottish (and other) students studying in continental European Erasmus-subscribing countries, or the other way around with other European Erasmus students studying in Scotland.

    It might be thought that if Northern Ireland gets there first with Erasmus participation, it would be politically embarrassing for UK Gov to arbitrarily use specious excuses to screw Scottish or Welsh participation. But I don’t think that would be enough to stop them.

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  3. WE REALLY MUST GET OUT OF THIS HELL
    SCOTLAND CAN AND WILL BECA BETTER PLACE

    AND WE WILL ENSURE SENIORS GET BETTER TREATMENT AND PENSIONS

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