Digital Economy Bill [ Lords]

Part of Business of the House – in the House of Commons at 7:57 pm on 6th April 2010.

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Photo of John Robertson John Robertson Labour, Glasgow North West 7:57 pm, 6th April 2010

I understand what my hon. Friend says. I will not go back to the Star Wars reference, because it might be said that I look more like Chewbacca than Obi-Wan. However, it was a good metaphor for thinking that we are doing the right thing when we are not. I believe that that is what my hon. Friend is doing. His ideals are correct, but by saying that we should do nothing, all he is doing is encouraging illegal downloading.

If, after all the time and effort that has been expended discussing the issue in this place, we come to the conclusion that we should do nothing, we are, in effect, telling the public that that is legal and they can do what they want. That is not right.

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