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What Do You Stand For? The #DEBill List Of Shame

The Digital Economy Bill has been passed.  Again the House Of Commons has shown its ignorance of technical issues and that it is far too easy for vested interests to buy influence.  Quite frankly right now I feel sick and ashamed of the political system in the UK.  What Hansie Cronje like deals were struck in Commons back rooms to get this Bill passed?

See some of the reactions via the Twitter hashtag #DEBill and a search on Digital Economy Bill.  There are a lot of very annoyed, cynical and probably very disillusioned internet users & techies out there now, and all of them know more about internet and technical issues than their MPs.  Remember what I wrote last year?

Of course the 20,000 people who wrote to their MPs don’t matter.  The need for the media industry to protect its dying business model comes way ahead of the wishes of MPs’ constituents.  Doesn’t it Peter Mandelson?  Doesn’t it Lord Vested Interest Clement-Jones?  Doesn’t it Lord Howard of Rising?  Doesn’t it Sion Simon?  Doesn’t it John  Horam?

This question should be asked of every MP who voted for the Bill and every MP who didn’t bother to turn up at the House of Commons for the vote.  Only 47 MPs voted against the Bill.  Those 47 people respect democracy, the need to make laws based on impartial evidence rather than lobbying and obeying the wishes of their constituents.  The rest of the House of Commons lacks any kind of honour at all.

To these people I ask one simple question: What do you stand for?

Surely an MP’s role is to serve their constituents, not act as stooges for an industry unwilling to evolve with the times?

John Horam is my MP.  He didn’t bother turning up at the second reading of the Bill.  He didn’t bother voting last night either.  This is his response to me before the second reading took place:

Dear Mr Dowling,

Thank you for your recent email regarding the Digital Economy Bill.

The Government’s failure to introduce this Bill until the eleventh hour of this Parliament has given rise to considerable concern that we no longer have the time to sufficiently scrutinise the proposals.  I fully appreciate these concerns and despite the fact that certain areas have been substantially debated in the House of Lords, I also believe they should be debated in the House of Commons.  Only if we are confident that they have been given the scrutiny they deserve will we support them.

It is also worth pointing out that many of the fears about the Bill’s proposals are not entirely accurate.  People will not be disconnected from the internet without due process and it will only be a small minority of people who consistently infringe copyright who are disconnected; not the average person who happens to have done so once or twice.

Please rest assured that my colleagues in the Shadow Cabinet will do everything in their power to work towards legislation that strengthens our digital sector and provides the security that our businesses and consumers so desperately need.

Once again thank you for taking the time to contact me.

What was that John?

Only if we are confident that they have been given the scrutiny they deserve will we support them.

Say that again John?

Only if we are confident that they have been given the scrutiny they deserve will we support them.

I thought that’s what you said.  How does this claim, your inaction and your front bench colleagues’ support for this Bill fit in with this withering condemnation from John Redwood, himself well versed in the ways of the House of Commons?

It doesn’t.  Just because you are retiring at the next election is no excuse not to act on the wishes of your informed constituents and do your duty to them.

Back to lacking honour.  Sorry to sound like a Klingon with all this talk of honour but I believe that one can only be honourable if one acts with honour in the first place.  The events surrounding this Bill have highlighted a marked lack of honour generally.

The mouthpiece of the dinosaur named BPI (British Phonographic Industry) is one Adam Liversage.  This name might be new to people unfamiliar with another company lacking ethics and honour  but people who were affected by and campaigned against BT’s illegal testing of Phorm’s technology will know that name.  To me Adam Liversage is irredeemably associated with being BT’s mouthpiece during BT’s various attempts to deny then justify that illegal testing.

Here’s an example of Liversage at work.  Then he moved from BT to the BPI.  Here’s an example of Liversage at work in his new job.

Now take a look at this Tweet from Liversage

What is your best whisky, out of interest? I’m ‘on’ a rare Rosebank 12 Year Old as I watch this unfold.

Now whose money paid for that scotch?  BT? Phorm? BPI?

These organisations are such paragons of virtue, highest standards of ethical conduct and deeply honourable.  BT claim that they act legally and ethically.  Of course they do.  Phorm wouldn’t dream of running a smear campaign against private citizens. The BPI admits to government lobbying but trying to get to that page gives me this unsecure connection report.  Not exactly a trustworthy appearance by the BPI there.

If one associates with such honourable organisations, can that person themselves be honourable?

I’ll leave you to decide.  I think it was Justin Langer who said it was as important to be known for how you played cricket as to be known for your achievements in it.  So it is as important to be known for what you stand for as much as what you achieved.

Those involved in passing this bill have dealt a severe dent to democracy.  If you are faced with a bad law surely you should reject it until it is turned into a well constructed law?

Thanks to Katy Bairstow here’s a CSV file showing how MPs voted last night.

For quick reference here are the names of those who voted for the Bill.  The Roll of Shame if you like:

Adam Afriyie
John Hayes
Jeremy Hunt
Julian Lewis
Edward Vaizey

Douglas Alexander
Graham Allen
David Anderson
Ian Austin
Adrian Bailey
William Bain
Vera Baird
Kevin Barron
John Battle
Hugh Bayley
Margaret Beckett
Joe Benton
Roger Berry
Clive Betts
Liz Blackman
Bob Blizzard
Ben Bradshaw
Kevin Brennan
Nick Brown
Chris Bryant
Karen Buck
Dawn Butler
Liam Byrne
Richard Caborn
David Cairns
Alan Campbell
Ian Cawsey
Ben Chapman
Michael Clapham
Paul Clark
Charles Clarke
David Clelland
Ann Clwyd
Vernon Coaker
Ann Coffey
Harry Cohen
Michael Connarty
Rosie Cooper
Yvette Cooper
Mary Creagh
Ann Cryer
Jim Cunningham
Tony Cunningham
Ian Davidson
Quentin Davies
Janet Dean
Jim Dobbin
Frank Dobson
Frank Doran
Angela Eagle
Maria Eagle
Clive Efford
Louise Ellman
Jim Fitzpatrick
Caroline Flint
Barbara Follett
Michael Foster
Michael Jabez Foster
Hywel Francis
Mike Gapes
Barry Gardiner
Bruce George
Linda Gilroy
Paul Goggins
Helen Goodman
Mike Hall
David Hamilton
David Hanson
Harriet Harman
Dai Havard
John Healey
Doug Henderson
Mark Hendrick
Stephen Hesford
Keith Hill
Meg Hillier
Sharon Hodgson
Geoff Hoon
Phil Hope
Kelvin Hopkins
Joan Humble
John Hutton
Brian Iddon
Eric Illsley
Adam Ingram
Huw Irranca-Davies
Glenda Jackson
Siân James
Alan Johnson
Diana Johnson
Kevan Jones
Martyn Jones
Tessa Jowell
Barbara Keeley
Alan Keen
Ann Keen
Ruth Kelly
Fraser Kemp
Sadiq Khan
David Kidney
Stephen Ladyman
David Lammy
Bob Laxton
David Lepper
Tom Levitt
Martin Linton
Ian Lucas
Andrew MacKinlay
Denis MacShane
John Mann
Thomas McAvoy
Stephen McCabe
Sarah McCarthy-Fry
John McDonnell
Patrick McFadden
John McFall
Ann McKechin
Tony McNulty
Gillian Merron
Alun Michael
Alan Milburn
Andrew Miller
Laura Moffatt
Chris Mole
Jessica Morden
Kali Mountford
George Mudie
Chris Mullin
Meg Munn
Doug Naysmith
Dan Norris
Mike O’Brien
Edward O’Hara
Sandra Osborne
Albert Owen
Ian Pearson
Greg Pope
Bridget Prentice
Dawn Primarolo
Ken Purchase
James Purnell
Nick Raynsford
Jamie Reed
John Robertson
Joan Ruddock
Martin Salter
Alison Seabeck
Virendra Sharma
Jim Sheridan
Siôn Simon
Dennis Skinner
Angela Smith
Angela Smith
John Spellar
Ian Stewart
Howard Stoate
Gavin Strang
Jack Straw
Gerry Sutcliffe
Mark Tami
Gareth Thomas
Stephen Timms
Don Touhig
Jon Trickett
Kitty Ussher
Dave Watts
Alan Whitehead
Malcolm Wicks
Alan Williams
Betty Williams
Michael Wills
Phil Wilson
David Winnick
Rosie Winterton
Shaun Woodward
Phil Woolas
David Wright
Iain Wright
Derek Wyatt

Stewart Hosie

Those who abstained, the fence sitters:

Alan Haselhurst
Sylvia Heal
Michael Lord

Peter Ainsworth
Michael Ancram
James Arbuthnot
Peter Atkinson
Richard Bacon
Tony Baldry
Gregory Barker
John Baron
Henry Bellingham
Richard Benyon
Paul Beresford
Brian Binley
Crispin Blunt
Peter Bone
Tim Boswell
Peter Bottomley
Graham Brady
Julian Brazier
James Brokenshire
Angela Browning
Simon Burns
David Burrowes
Alistair Burt
John Butterfill
David Cameron
Douglas Carswell
James Clappison
Greg Clark
Kenneth Clarke
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Patrick Cormack
Geoffrey Cox
Stephen Crabb
David Curry
David Davies
Philip Davies
Jonathan Djanogly
Stephen Dorrell
Nadine Dorries
James Duddridge
Alan Duncan
Iain Duncan Smith
Philip Dunne
Tobias Ellwood
Nigel Evans
David Evennett
Michael Fabricant
Mark Field
Liam Fox
Mark Francois
Christopher Fraser
Roger Gale
Edward Garnier
David Gauke
Nick Gibb
Cheryl Gillan
Paul Goodman
Robert Goodwill
Michael Gove
James Gray
Chris Grayling
Damian Green
Justine Greening
John Greenway
Dominic Grieve
John Gummer
William Hague
Philip Hammond
Stephen Hammond
Greg Hands
Mark Harper
Oliver Heald
David Heathcoat-Amory
Charles Hendry
Nick Herbert
Mark Hoban
Douglas Hogg
Philip Hollobone
Adam Holloway
John Horam
Michael Howard
Gerald Howarth
John Howell
Nick Hurd
Michael Jack
Stewart Jackson
Bernard Jenkin
David Jones
Daniel Kawczynski
Robert Key
Julie Kirkbride
Greg Knight
Eleanor Laing
Jacqui Lait
Mark Lancaster
Andrew Lansley
Edward Leigh
Oliver Letwin
Ian Liddell-Grainger
David Lidington
Peter Lilley
Tim Loughton
Peter Luff
Andrew MacKay
David Maclean
Anne Main
Humfrey Malins
John Maples
Michael Mates
Francis Maude
Theresa May
Anne McIntosh
Patrick McLoughlin
Patrick Mercer
Maria Miller
Anne Milton
Andrew Mitchell
Malcolm Moss
David Mundell
Andrew Murrison
Bob Neill
Brooks Newmark
Stephen O’Brien
George Osborne
Richard Ottaway
James Paice
Owen Paterson
Michael Penning
John Penrose
Eric Pickles
Mark Prisk
Mark Pritchard
John Randall
John Redwood
Malcolm Rifkind
Andrew Robathan
Hugh Robertson
Laurence Robertson
Andrew Rosindell
David Ruffley
Lee Scott
Andrew Selous
Grant Shapps
Richard Shepherd
Mark Simmonds
Keith Simpson
Chloe Smith
Nicholas Soames
Caroline Spelman
Michael Spicer
Richard Spring
John Stanley
Anthony Steen
Gary Streeter
Graham Stuart
Desmond Swayne
Hugo Swire
Robert Syms
Peter Tapsell
Ian Taylor
Edward Timpson
David Tredinnick
Andrew Turner
Andrew Tyrie
Shailesh Vara
Peter Viggers
Theresa Villiers
Charles Walker
Ben Wallace
Robert Walter
Nigel Waterson
Angela Watkinson
John Whittingdale
Ann Widdecombe
Bill Wiggin
David Willetts
David Wilshire
Robert Wilson
Ann Winterton
Nicholas Winterton
Jeremy Wright
Tim Yeo
George Young

Gregory Campbell
Nigel Dodds
Jeffrey M Donaldson
William McCrea
Peter Robinson
David Simpson
Sammy Wilson

Derek Conway
Andrew Pelling
Bob Spink
Richard Taylor
Robert Wareing

Independent Labour
Clare Short

Nick Ainger
Bob Ainsworth
Janet Anderson
Hilary Armstrong
Charlotte Atkins
John Austin
Edward Balls
Gordon Banks
Celia Barlow
Anne Begg
Stuart Bell
Hilary Benn
Roberta Blackman-Woods
Hazel Blears
David Blunkett
David Borrow
Gordon Brown
Lyn Brown
Russell Brown
Des Browne
Richard Burden
Andy Burnham
Stephen Byers
Ronnie Campbell
Martin Caton
David Chaytor
Katy Clark
Tom Clarke
Frank Cook
Jim Cousins
David Crausby
Jon Cruddas
John Cummings
Claire Curtis-Thomas
Alistair Darling
Wayne David
John Denham
Jim Devine
Parmjit Dhanda
Brian H Donohoe
Jim Dowd
Natascha Engel
Jeff Ennis
Bill Etherington
Paul Farrelly
Frank Field
Mark Fisher
Robert Flello
Paul Flynn
Roger Godsiff
Nia Griffith
Nigel Griffiths
Andrew Gwynne
Peter Hain
Patrick Hall
Fabian Hamilton
Tom Harris
Stephen Hepburn
John Heppell
Patricia Hewitt
David Heyes
Margaret Hodge
Jimmy Hood
Kim Howells
Lindsay Hoyle
Beverley Hughes
Brian Jenkins
Helen Jones
Gerald Kaufman
Sally Keeble
Jane Kennedy
Jim Knight
Ivan Lewis
Tony Lloyd
Fiona Mactaggart
Khalid Mahmood
Shahid Malik
Judy Mallaber
Rob Marris
Gordon Marsden
Eric Martlew
Chris McCafferty
Kerry McCarthy
Ian McCartney
Siobhain McDonagh
James McGovern
Anne McGuire
Shona McIsaac
Rosemary McKenna
Michael Meacher
Alan Meale
David Miliband
Edward Miliband
Anne Moffat
Madeleine Moon
Margaret Moran
Julie Morgan
Elliot Morley
Denis Murphy
Jim Murphy
Paul Murphy
Bill Olner
James Plaskitt
Stephen Pound
Gordon Prentice
John Prescott
Gwyn Prosser
Bill Rammell
John Reid
Linda Riordan
Geoffrey Robinson
Terry Rooney
Frank Roy
Lindsay Roy
Chris Ruane
Christine Russell
Joan Ryan
Mohammad Sarwar
Jonathan R Shaw
Barry Sheerman
Marsha Singh
Andrew Slaughter
Andrew Smith
Geraldine Smith
Jacqui Smith
John Smith
Anne Snelgrove
Peter Soulsby
Helen Southworth
Phyllis Starkey
Graham Stringer
Gisela Stuart
Dari Taylor
Emily Thornberry
Paddy Tipping
Desmond Turner
Neil Turner
Derek Twigg
Keith Vaz
Rudi Vis
Joan Walley
Lynda Waltho
Claire Ward
Mike Wood
Anthony D Wright
Tony Wright

Liberal Democrat
Danny Alexander
Norman Baker
Tom Brake
Annette Brooke
Jeremy Browne
Malcolm Bruce
Lorely Burt
Vincent Cable
Menzies Campbell
Nicholas Clegg
Tim Farron
Andrew George
Sandra Gidley
Julia Goldsworthy
Nick Harvey
David Heath
John Hemming
Paul Holmes
Martin Horwood
Christopher Huhne
Mark Hunter
Charles Kennedy
Susan Kramer
Norman Lamb
David Laws
Michael Moore
Greg Mulholland
Mark Oaten
John Pugh
Alan Reid
Willie Rennie
Daniel Rogerson
Paul Rowen
Adrian Sanders
Robert Smith
Andrew Stunell
Jo Swinson
Matthew Taylor
Sarah Teather
Steve Webb
Mark Williams
Roger Williams
Stephen Williams
Phil Willis
Jennifer Willott
Richard Younger-Ross

Plaid Cymru
Elfyn Llwyd
Hywel Williams

George Galloway

Angus MacNeil
John Mason
Angus Robertson
Alex Salmond
Michael Weir
Pete Wishart

Sinn Fein
Gerry Adams
Pat Doherty
Michelle Gildernew
Martin McGuinness
Conor Murphy

Mark Durkan
Alasdair McDonnell
Eddie McGrady

Lady Hermon

Those who voted against the Bill, the Roll of Honour:

David Amess
William Cash
Christopher Chope
David Davis
Michael Fallon

Ian Paisley

Dai Davies

Diane Abbott
Colin Burgon
Colin Challen
Jeremy Corbyn
Andrew Dismore
David Drew
Neil Gerrard
John Grogan
Kate Hoey
George Howarth
Lynne Jones
Eric Joyce
Peter Kilfoyle
Mark Lazarowicz
Andrew Love
Robert Marshall-Andrews
Austin Mitchell
Nick Palmer
Andy Reed
Alan Simpson
Mark Todd
Paul Truswell
Tom Watson

Liberal Democrat
John Barrett
Alan Beith
Colin Breed
Paul Burstow
Alistair Carmichael
Edward Davey
Lynne Featherstone
Don Foster
Mike Hancock
Evan Harris
David Howarth
Simon Hughes
Paul Keetch
John Leech
Lembit Öpik
Bob Russell
John Thurso

Plaid Cymru
Adam Price

It is important that this “government” is removed at the next election but regardless of that politics needs a major dose of Picolax and a damn good scrubbing with Jeyes Fluid and a wire brush to clean itself up.

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  1. GaelGivet

    Just to correct the above list, John Leech, Lib Dem for Manchester Withington did in fact turn up and voted against the bill. He was the teller for the noes, which might explain the confusion:

  2. Pete

    Thanks for publishing that list Jamie, my Labour MP just guaranteed my vote against him.

    There are so many holes in this bill.

    Mobile prepay broadband, unregistered, with no address. How are ISPs going to send ‘warning letters’ to those people? Using triangulation to geolocate them? And if they’re cut off? What prevents their target buying another unregistered prepay SIM card and starting the process all over again five minutes later?

    So ISPs are likely to cut you off? If you’re a serious downloader, a few extra quid a month will buy you a hosted VPN termination in some random state where you can carry on downloading literally as though nothing had changed. You get cut off in said country? Oh horrors. Buy another VPN termination point in another country and carry on. My point? Serious offenders won’t be touched by this DEB crap = at all =.

    How do ISPs verify the validity of a copyright claim? If SCO says Unix is theirs, and I’ve just downloaded a Linux distro, can I expect to receive a warning letter because SCO object (despite the still unproven madness of SCO claims?).

    Conversely, who are the biggest thieves of intellectual property in the UK?

    I can answer that question: the biggest thieves of intellectual property in the UK are BT Retail (British Telecom) and Phorm… who covertly duplicated, processed, and sold intelligence from hundreds of millions of copyright protected digital media items without licence when covertly trialling their network spyware.

    So are BT customers seriously expected to receive letters from the biggest UK copyright thieves, advising them that they are suspected copyright thieves? Nice. Can anyone spot the irony in a letter from Ian Livingston calling someone a copyright thief? “Dear Mr Smith, you are a suspected train robber, please desist, yours, Ronnie Biggs Esq., Purveyor of Used Gold Bars”.

    Given BT Retail are the UK’s biggest copyright thieves, perhaps Ian Livingston should send BT Retail a warning letter telling them they might be cut off?

    And the measures against web sites carrying copyright protected content… such as Wikileaks and Cryptome and the copyright protected documents they hold (very much in the public interest). Who defends the public interest if a powerful corporate or political voice tells the ISP to block it.

    Jesus, the Home Office even linked to Cryptome in a Ministerial answer highlighting the leaked analysis of Phorm they carried out to comfort Kent Ertugrul. Does that mean the Home Office expect to receive a warning letter? Perhaps we block the Home Office web site, as well as, and Parliament.UK?

    And smaller political/campaign sites, what about them? You publish an embarrassing leaked document, you risk having your site blocked. So you upload it to Wikileaks, or divulge to Cryptome, and provide a link instead? Not good enough.

    Even linking to such a site could be enough to get your site blocked. After all, you see, you’re helping people to find copyright infringing materials (even if they are in the public interest).

    I could go on, and on, and on, poking holes in this piece of turd. What an utter shambles of a piece of legislation this is.

    And what a surprise it isn’t to find corrupt and cowardly Labour MPs falling over themselves to vote for it, and Mandelsons evil fingerprints staining every page.

  3. Jamie Jamie

    Thanks for the heads up. List corrected and my thanks to Mr Leech for his efforts.

  4. Chris

    Thank you for this list! I was searching to see how my MP voted – because if he had foted for the bill then I would have voted against him on polling day. Unfortunately he abstained… oh well, better than nothing.

    Please spread the word on Facebook, Twitter etc. Show the citizens this list – with a message that if their MP voted for the bill, then they should be kicked out at the election.

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