Promises to Students Don’t Count

By Tim Hardy

We did our best to prevent the Digital Economy Bill being rushed through at the last moment. It badly needed more debate and amendment, and we are extremely worried that it will now lead to completely innocent people having their internet connections cut off. It was far too heavily weighted in favour of the big corporations and those who are worried about too much information becoming available. It badly needs to be repealed, and the issues revisited.

Nick Clegg (written answer to question at The Student Room).

Clegg was just speaking to students so obviously he thought he could just say whatever they wanted to hear – it didn’t matter.

Unfortunately it got picked up by the wider media and within hours he was trying to wriggle out of his promise with a Lib Dem spokesperson backtracking but saying they would “take it off the statue book and replace it with something better” (Guardian).

The BBC reports that the government is rethinking net blocking.

Given how dishonest the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have been to the electorate so far, it is imperative that anyone who cares about a free press and a free internet increase the pressure on the government right now to prevent censorship through a back door becoming established in the UK. Today it might be porn and so-called pirates; tomorrow it will be wikileaks.

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