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?