Back in mid-January, the House of Commons rejected an amendment to the Consumer Rights Bill put forward and approved by the House of Lords, which would see secondary sales of tickets (i.e. by touts and sites like Viagogo) under stricter regulation. The reasoning back then was basically one that surmised that once you have purchased a ticket – or as many tickets as you want to purchase – you can do with them what you like; it's your property, so you should be able to thereafter do with it what you will.

But no longer. The peers over at House of Lords had 67 days (the end of March) to amend the bill and push it to the House of Commons again: sparking a potential game of political ping-pong. But it turns out that the UK government itself is backing the change, meaning that the amendments to the bill are going ahead.

Secondary ticketing would be ok, touts being dubbed "classic entrepreneurs" by culture secretary Sajid Javid (who opposed the original reforms), but the modern world has complicated matters somewhat. Mike Weatherley MP (co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Secondary Ticketing – that's a mouthful) explains: "The free market system has broken down due to the introduction of 'bots' and other factors, enabling, on occasions, obscene profiteering for intermediaries against the interest of fans and the wishes of those putting on the event."

Conservative peer Lord Monyihan told the Guardian: "One of the major reasons why you can't get tickets for high-demand events as a member of the public is because there's specialised software available to touts which sweeps up the supply within a nanosecond of them going on sale. Then those tickets are made available on the secondary market at sometimes five or 10 times the price. From now on that process is restricted, because you have to have the seat number, row number and so on."

What do you think of the changes, are they restrictive or refreshing?