Don Foster MP, the Liberal Democrat’s culture and media spokesman, told BBC News that Lord Mandelson’s move was “reckless and dangerous”.
“There are many families whose children, unbeknown to them, might be illegally downloading but now their own access could be put in jeopardy by Lord Mandelson’s proposals.”
Mr Foster acknowledged that online piracy was “a major problem in the UK” but said overriding the opinions of Lord Carter and two secretaries of state was “bizarre”.
The Tories, on the other hand, seem to want to have their cake and eat it:
The Conservative MP John Whittingdale, who is also chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said he was broadly supportive of Lord Mandelson’s proposals, but said that he may have inadvertently “killed his own bill”.
“Personally I am on his [Lord Mandelson’s] side; peer-to-peer sharing is the greatest threat to our creative industries,” he said.
“I don’t think people should have their broadband cut off, but there are measures to restrict speed which is better than prosecuting people so they get a criminal record.
“That said, I have severe doubts that the government can get this bill through in the time available as if there is any opposition to it – and there will be now – there will be a general election before it goes through.”
The Pirate Party, of course, is totally against — we think filesharing should be encouraged, not criminalised.