I was busy yesterday doing my best to rid the blog of the link with Lallands Peat Worrier and his virus problem, therefore I was unable to give much attention to the Digital Economy Bill which had it's 3rd reading in the House of Commons yesterday. (LPW has resolved the problem and kindly left a comment on my post, so nobody should have any more troubles).
Other bloggers have been far more attentive regarding the progress of the DE Bill, those such as Charlotte Gore, John Redwood and Eric Joyce. All are rightly angry at the way in which democracy has been by-passed by the UK government and also by those MPs who supported it "under pressure".
My understanding of the 'pressure' is that this Bill has been rushed through without proper scrutiny and debate, yet many voted in favour of it. It was no coincidence that the 3rd reading took place the day Gordon Brown announced the date of the General Election of course.
One of the worrying aspects of this bill for individual internet users appears to be we will be responsible for anything which comes through our internet connection. If something comes through which isn't approved by Ofcom, you can be disconnected and if you want to appeal you have to pay your own fee. The fee has yet to be set.
Also copyright holders will be able to use the government to cut you off from websites they believe are breaching their copyright.
Peter Mandelson has finally achieved his desire for governmental control over our use of the internet. This is only the beginning. It will be like the smoking law, which has developed into a draconian measure and split society by making smokers the lepers of today. The attack is now against the drinker. Alcohol is the taboo of tomorrow.
We all know much of our law is made in Brussels and MPs have no say in it whatsoever, but when they do have a chance to speak out they don't; they take the easy route of voting 'under pressure'.
Shame on them to further destroy the little democracy we have in these islands. The quicker Scotland becomes independent and the Scots tell their 'new' government this type of behaviour will not be acceptable, the better.