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[1988]
No Clause 28

Protest song against the governing UK Conservative Party's legal restrictions on anyone working for a local authority "promoting" homosexuality,

Section 28 (commonly "Clause 28") of the Local Government Act 1988 was a controversial amendment to the United Kingdom's Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland, and on 18 November 2003 in the rest of the UK by section 122 of the Local Government Act 2003. The amendment stated that a local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship".

Some people believed that Section 28 prohibited local councils from distributing any material, whether plays, leaflets, books, etc, that portrayed gay relationships as anything other than abnormal. Teachers and educational staff in some cases were afraid of discussing gay issues with students for fear of losing state funding (see Controversy over applicability for more information).

Because it did not create a criminal offence, no prosecution was ever brought under this provision, but its existence caused many groups to close or limit their activities or self-censor. For example, a number of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual student support groups in schools and colleges across Britain were closed due to fears by council legal staff that they could breach the Act.

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[Il brano si apre con una "fake", una dichiarazione falsamente attribuita alla premier Margaret Thatcher - ndr]
"The aim of this government is to make every one as miserable as possible!"

Won't you be elated
to tamper with our pride
they say to celebrate it
is social suicide
I'm not your average beat boy
I'm not your rebel guy
you want to make us hated
you want to make us slide
yeh, yeh

I read about my future
and it don't look like fun
would you be so careless
to give a fool a gun

I said no clause 28
no clause 28 brother you're much too late
no clause 28
no clause 28 brother you're much too late

Don't need this legislation
you don't need this score
don't need this fascist groove
just to show pornography the door
don't mean to be precious
don't mean to be uptight
tell me iron lady
are we moving to the right
yeh yeh

would you be so careless
to give a fool a gun

I said no clause 28 brother you're much too late
no clause 28 brother you're much too late
no clause 28 brother you're much too late
no clause 28 brother you're much too late

Won't you be elated
to tamper with our pride
they say to celebrate it
is social suicide
I'm not your average beat boy
I'm not your rebel guy
you want to make us hated
you want to make us slide
yeh, yeh

I read about my future
and it don't look like fun
would you be so careless
to give a fool a gun

I said no clause 28 brother you're much too late
no clause 28 brother you're much too late
no clause 28
no clause 28 brother you're much too late

inviata da Alessandro - 3/2/2010 - 11:21



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