The British Chiropractic Association has thrown in the towel and dropped its case against science writer Simon Singh. This means that Simon has won his case after dedicating two years of his life and over £200,000 to defending his opinions.
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?
With rumours abounding of when a General Election might be called it seems a good time to present a few salient facts about this “government”. Regular readers will already know the kind of things I’m going to say.
The current “government” is unacceptable. A Prime Minister the people did not vote for, seemingly given the position on the basis of some Hansie Cronje-like match fixing agreement. Utterly distasteful and disrespectful. It has its fair share of ministers and MPs who completely lack Clue. Stephen Pound, Jack Straw, Ed Balls, Andy Burnham and Hazel Blears being examples of this stupidity. Jacqui Smith’s replacement, Alan Johnson, isn’t much better either. Trying to spin the party line he ducks the facts about Gordongrad, formerly known as Broken Britain.
Then there’s Mandelson. It’s quite ironic that Mandelson is an Anglicisation of the Mendelssohn family name (a large number of whom fled the totalitarian state of Nazi Germany) when he is helping to impose a totalitarian state in this country. Not only did the “government” refuse to enforce the law over BT’s use of Phorm’s illegal surveillance technology, Mandelson is now driving the Digital Economy Bill through the Commons which will allow sanctions against people purely on the basis of allegations rather than evidence. That is the act of a totalitarian state. Quite why any internet user would vote Labour after its complicity in the Phorm case I don’t know.