Digital Economy Bill Must Be Reversed, Says Lib Dem Leader
From left: Nick Clegg MP, Lib Dem Leader
Lord Clement-Jones, Lib Dem BPI supporter, Digital Economy Bill
Dr Death, Evan Harris MP, Lib Dem Shadow Science Minister
One Click Note: Whereas the pronouncement from Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg MP that he will reverse the controversial Digital Economy Bill if his party obtains power at the next General Election 2010 UK is most welcome, before One Click readers rush to vote Liberal Democrat the following should be considered.
Liberal Democrat Peer Lord Clement-Jones, Patron of the discredited TYMES Trust children's ME/CFS charity, was the individual who took a memo from the BPI and added the text into the Digital Economy Bill almost word-for-word as part of amendment 120a. See HERE. Did Clement-Jones do this without the sanction of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg MP? Hmm...
Secondly, if the Lib Dems are voted into power, we will have Dr Evan Harris MP inflicted upon us as our Science Minister. Accurately tagged Dr Death by his colleagues and the national UK newspapers for his support of embryo experiments, Pharma Rep Dr Evan Harris MP (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon) has been a tremendous public supporter of paediatrician David Southall, now struck off from the UK Medical Register for professional abuse and misconduct perpetrated against families and their children.
One Click suggestion? Be terribly careful precisely what you vote for.
See A Political Broadcast On Behalf Of Blank Vote Britain - 2010 General Election Special.
16 Apr 2010
Digital Economy Bill must be reversed, says Lib Dem leader
By Tim Smalley
Nick Clegg MP, LIb Dem Leader
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said that the controversial Digital Economy Bill shouldn't have been rushed into law before the dissolution of Parliament ahead and should be reversed.
"We did our best to prevent the Digital Economy Bill being rushed through at the last moment," he said in an interview with The Student Room, an online student service. "It badly needed more debate and amendment, and we are extremely worried that it will now lead to completely innocent people having their internet connections cut off.
"It was far too heavily weighted in favour of the big corporations and those who are worried about too much information becoming available. It badly needs to be repealed, and the issues revisited," added Clegg.
Under the new legislation, two obligations will be imposed on ISPs. They will be forced to send threatening letters to alleged file-sharers, warning that their connection will be suspended if they continue their activities, and must also record the number of times each user has been notified. What's more, ISPs may be instructed by telecoms regulator Ofcom to use technical measures to prevent copyright infringement. ISPs will be legally obliged to comply with Ofcom's requests, which could include bandwidth capping or temporary suspension of service.
The manner in which the bill was pushed through was as controversial as the bill itself and it can only be described as a failure for democracy. The lack of MPs attending the bill's two hour committee stage - something that normally lasts for weeks - was of particular concern, as was some MPs' obvious lack of technical knowledge.
Opposition to the bill has been staunch, with more than 20,000 voters writing to their local MPs to express their concerns. Probably the most damning opposition came from former Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson, who said "First time I've ever broken the whip in the chamber. I feel physically sick," on his Twitter account during the debate.
The Liberal Democrats block-voted against the bill, so it's good to hear that the party's views haven't changed. We can now only hope for a hung Parliament as then the Digital Economy Bill's reversal might actually become more than a pipe dream.
Author: Tim Smalley
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Sun, April 18th, 2010. 01:02 pm