Digital Economy Bill to Be Rushed Through without Debate

Mike Masnick at Techdirt was one of many to note the bad news. As the Guardian article he links to explains, the minimal wash up period that is all the bill will get before elections doesn’t allow for further debate and while the bill can be changed, those can only be in the form of deletions. This is all the more troubling as it is happening in the face of a large quantity of protest, both live and in the form of letters and petitions.

There is still a chance that public action has persuaded enough representatives to vote against the bill but with an election pending, that is far from certain. It would have been far better, clearly, to reach a compromise before this make or break moment.

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