My good friend Woody
has a saying, 'No matter who you vote for, the government always gets in.'
It seems a fair comment especially when governments take a high-handed attitude towards policy.
Such high-handedness can be seen in the way the present government are attempting to enforce
the Digital Economy Bill
Rather than have a proper debate, the government are intent on rushing through a bill
that is highly controversial
, badly thought-out
, and 'draconian
' during the dirty wash-up
phase of parliament. This is when unfinished business, or controversial bills, are shunted through the back door for Royal assent.
Perhaps we only have ourselves to blame, as the general voter has taken little interest
in this Bill. Though musician Billy Bragg
, writer of Channel 4's 'Father Ted
' Graham Linehan
and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
have all signed a letter
asking for a proper parliamentary debate, only 48 people, out of a planned 100,000 signatures, have signed an on-line petition
against the Bill.
Is this an ironic statement on web users? That we are so distracted from distraction by distraction
we fail to see what is going on
Perhaps Woody is right, though maybe it is fairer to say that no matter who we vote for, through lack of action
we always get the government and legislation we deserve.