Today, the Government has scheduled the Digital Economy Bill’s committee, report and third reading stages. To take place this afternoon. In two hours. A process which normally takes days — 40 or 50 hours of debate, consideration and amendment.
Dear Mr Corbyn,
I’ve just called and left a message, but I thought it would be good to follow up by email.
This afternoon, the Digital Economy Bill will receive its committee, report and third reading stages, all in two hours.
Some of the most damaging parts of the bill — clauses 10-17 — remain unopposed by the Conservatives, and are still supported by the Government.
These clauses have not been properly scrutinised by the Commons, may be very costly and damaging to the digital economy and to the digital civil liberties of your constituents and should not be passed without full and proper consideration.
I hope that you will attend the house this afternoon to vote against this bill at third reading. It can easily be reintroduced after the election, and given proper consideration, if the new Government so wishes.
Online copyright infringement has been rife for over a decade. It can wait for three more months. The sky will not fall down.