This is an update to the previous discussion on David Lammy and my communications with him.
As some of you may know, I wrote to him a while ago expressing my concerns about the Digital Economy Bill, which has now passed and become an Act.
Before the final vote, I received a letter from him (dated 31 March) containing, among other things, the following:
"I have received many letters expressing concerns about this Bill and the fact that it will not be subject to the full extent of Parliamentary debate and scrutiny."
"I have also written to Harriet Harman MP to raise your concerns with her. I have asked her to re-assure you that the Bill will receive the necessary and desired scrutiny from Parliament."
I would imagine that this implies he shared my concerns. However, I have checked the voting records and it appears Mr. Lammy voted for the passing of the Bill during the wash-up, and therefore effectively lied to me.
Now, I am not so naive that I think politicians tell the truth all the time, but I do think that this is a really dishonest and disgusting letter given his subsequent actions. I would much prefer that he declared his support for the Bill openly (he is, after all, a member of Peter Mandelson's department) rather than simply hiding the truth from me.
Therefore, I will not only not be voting for Mr Lammy, I will also be notifying as many fellow constituents as possible between now and May 6th that he was dishonest with me, and that he committed a miscarriage of Parliamentary procedure along with all other MPs who voted the Bill through without proper debate. He knew that Digital Economy Bill had vast implications for the future of copyright law and the internet, and possible prosecution of his constituents, and yet he supported it.