THE NEW GOVERNMENT'S new secretary for Culture Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt has no plans to axe the Digital Economy Act, regardless of what the coalition parties might have said when they were canvassing for votes.
Every man and his dog's website is reporting a quote on Paidcontent:net, which has Hunt saying, "We're not going to repeal it," in response to questions about the Act, but no one - least of all his PR team - is able to inform us where the statement came from.
We called the DCMS press room and after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing were able to establish that, sadly, the news is correct, the government is sticking with its onerous Act. Indeed, a spokeswoman told us, "The quote does stand, the government has no intention of repealling the Digital Economy Act." We apologise if any kittens died while you read that.
In the run up to the election both parties, including the Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, said that they felt the Act had been rushed through, and needed more consideration. This has apparently been forgotten in a blaze of bunting and celebration about the new exciting government.
How soon they forget too, a report on the Telegraph just last week said that a statement issued at the Liberal Democrats' special conference earlier this month had asked delegates to, "take all possible steps to ensure the repeal of those sections of the Digital Economy Act 2010 which are inconsistent with policy motion 'Freedom, creativity and the Internet'." We assume that when they said 'all', they actually meant 'no'.
To be fair to Hunt, even if he is not being strictly fair with Internet users, he did vote in favour of the Act in the first place. Which, when you think about it, means that he is likely to support any suggestions that have been thought up by parties outside of government.
On that subject, here is one from us. Resign. µ
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