Tories worse than Labour on filesharing

Labour’s Digital Economy Bill is bad enough. But what is the Conservatives’ position? This extract from a parliamentary debate which occurred a fortnight ago makes clear that they’re worse (the yellow marking is my emphasis):

Jeremy Hunt (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Culture, Media and Sport; South West Surrey, Conservative)

Everyone understands the need for safeguards, but will the confirm that, assuming the successful passage of the digital economy Bill, the earliest an illegal file sharer could have their internet connection temporarily cut off is February 2012? That is hardly an example of the Government at their most decisive.

The Tories want to disconnect people sooner.

Siôn Simon (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Birmingham, Erdington, Labour)

[...] I would be grateful if the hon. Gentleman could confirm to the House that he supports the proposals as they stand.

Jeremy Hunt (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Culture, Media and Sport; South West Surrey, Conservative)

I am happy to confirm that the Conservatives support the proposals. We just do not think that they, on their own, will do the job.

The Tories want even more punishment of alleged filesharers.

Not that Labour have anything to shout about; earlier in the debate their minister says:

Siôn Simon (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Birmingham, Erdington, Labour)

I am grateful to the hon. Lady for that question. People who have done nothing wrong should not be in any danger of having their internet interfered with at all. Hardly anybody, other than the most serious and egregious recidivistic offenders, should ever be in danger of having any of their internet affected, and nobody will have their bandwidth squeezed or their account suspended until they have had repeated letters, been given a healthy notice period and then had a right of appeal—indeed, two rights of appeal—as she requests.

An appeal is what you do when you’ve been found guilty and you want to reverse the verdict. The fact that Simon uses this word implies that he regards alleged filesharers as guilty unless they can prove themselves innocent.

So there we have it,  the Labservative duopoly at its finest: pro big media corporations, anti the British public.

(via William Heath)

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