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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?

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Parliament Shows Its Ignorance

The Digital Economy Bill serves only the vested interests of organisations like the BPI (and that’s a real dinosaur name. Phonograph? We moved on from that years ago!), UK Music and the “entertainment” companies. And not only did this pathetic excuse for a “government” buy into the questionable statistics but the opposition parties fell for it too.

Today Parliament demonstrated its ignorance. Across all parties.

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The Road From Legitimate Suspicion To Rampant Paranoia

Taking a break from housework yesterday I flicked through a few channels and found an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation being shown.  The episode shown was “The Drumhead”, a story about a Starfleet admiral who sees everyone as consipirators and spread mistrust and paranoia anywhere and everywhere she goes.  Because of her high rank very few people have the influence or authority to challenge her obsessions while many others fall under her spell.  The witch hunt is only stopped once it became clear to a superior that she was zealously pursuing the investigation, in the absence of evidence, for personal reasons.

It struck me that there are a few similarities between the issue covered by this episode and the current political climate in the UK and how the Houses of Parliament are dealing with the Digital Economy Bill (link to Twitter search on the topic, some very relevant responses).

It’s already widely known that Sith Lord Mandelson now believes that internet users are all criminal scum who download pirated music, games, films, terrorist device plans and spread evil gossip and misinformation about this control freak government.  He believes that the bedrock of British Law, the concept of innocent until proven guilty, should not apply to internet users such as you and me.  Merely a whisper of an allegation should be enough to get sanctions taken against people.  No trial, so no due legal process before a judge.  That is what New Labour stands for.

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