Over 100 protestors assembled last week to oppose the renewal of a lap dancing clubs licence in York.
The club operator Andrew Whitney – who stood unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in the Heworth Ward by election in 2009 – said that failure to renew the license would result in 40 lap dancers losing their jobs.
Most of the protesters were friends and relatives of the dancers. They claimed that the girls were being politically harassed during their work stints, and that this amounted to a cruel and unusual punishment.
One visitor to the club was Ann “the knife” Mac (not her real name) who was auditioning following losing her North Yorkshire job.
On leaving the club after her interview she commented , “ What relevance my views on the Common Agricultural Policy have for this job I’m not sure. However it makes a change from endless discussions about the impact that Bulgarian sheep imports are having on the Thirsk economy”.
Anther dancer Pneumatic Nell (her real name), revealed what went on in the club.
“ I first realised the club was different when, shortly after starting a dance for a customer, Andy came up to me and asked me to sign a petition which sought an immediate referendum on EC membership”.
“On another occasion Andy shouted out “Keynes is dead”. I though he meant that my customer had had a heart attack but it turned out he just wanted to emphasise the importance of monetary policy to the UK economy”.
“ I’m now planning to have what the Leader of the Council calls a community conversation.
After the dance, I’ll ask him what he intends to do to clean up York politics”