back to article UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

The government wants to introduce a Digital Bill, sources familiar with its plans have revealed to The Register. The timescale would most likely see legislation announced in the Queen’s Speech in May 2017. The Ministry of Fun, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, is co-ordinating the exploratory work. Nothing has been …

  1. Otto is a bear.

    Digital

    And we all know how important the Digital agenda is, how new and sexy it is.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Digital

      I can tell them where to insert a digit...

    2. Amorous Cowherder
      Facepalm

      Re: Digital

      Just make sure they work the word "cyber" in there a least 4 times in every paragraph and they're golden!

      1. Elmer Phud

        Re: Digital

        as long as no one uses 'professional' we might be O.K.

      2. Mike Richards Silver badge

        Re: Digital

        Am I being unduly cynical in assuming they threw in a clause about kiddie porn to guarantee the bill and whatever sundry hidden horrors and idiocies it contains will be passed with massive majorities and precious little scrutiny?

    3. Dabooka Silver badge

      Re: Digital

      "And we all know how important the Digital agenda is, how new and sexy it is."

      Yeah they missed a trick though, it really needs to be the Digitial iBill to make it really cutting edge

      1. Rich 11 Silver badge

        Re: Digital

        I bet they forget to make a backup.

  2. Tony S

    "Something Must Be Done Act"

    When in doubt, draw up a parliamentary bill so vague, that it might be interpreted in any way that you choose. Add in amendments to allow it to be expanded to cover situations outside of the immediate descriptions in the original preamble.

    If possible, prevent MPs from discussing the bill by forcing it through under a 10 minute rule; ignore calls for it to be scrutinised in committee. Use the Parliamentary Act to prevent any hold ups by the Lords. Then apply the legislation for purposes or in ways that were clearly never considered.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    1. Rich 11 Silver badge

      Re: "Something Must Be Done Act"

      When in doubt, draw up a parliamentary bill so vague, that it might be interpreted in any way that you choose. Add in amendments to allow it to be expanded to cover situations outside of the immediate descriptions in the original preamble.

      Ah, the Blair Protocol (although he didn't seem to suffer much from self-doubt). Nice* to see it's being faithfully copied by our current lords and masters.

      * For no values of 'nice'.

  3. batfastad

    Get elected and do what you want

    At least all legislation is fully announced in parties' manifestos, with the exact diffs to existing legislation presented BEFORE the election. So the people affected by changes in legislation can make an informed choice between the red or blue Oxbridge blazer-eunuchs.

    Or just get elected and do what you want for 5 years.

  4. hplasm
    Meh

    May I be the first-

    to raise a Digit or two to this bill.

  5. Graham Marsden
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    The intention is to create a catch-all bill for measures such as...

    ... well, anything we like, basically, because it will probably all be done through Statutory Instruments which let us change the laws as we see fit without needing to tell anyone about the changes until they're done...

    FTFY

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It called for opinions on a "UK Digital Strategy” ?

    Surely the the Honourable Mr Vaizey is a "He" unless the Register is now adopting a gender neutral stance?

    Surely the correct opinion is "We should have one".

    Surely the correct approach is to forget about manufacturing and concentrate on the Intellectual Property models like ARM and implementing protectionist policies. Ok. the US patent office is overwhelmed and full of prior art, but we should be implementing a wider definition of patents to include business models and software, and legal aid and support for intellectual property cases.

  7. Slacker@work

    "UK Digital Strategy”

    One can only hope it will start with wrestling the national telecommunications infrastructure from the hands of BT.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: "UK Digital Strategy”

      "One can only hope it will start with wrestling the national telecommunications infrastructure from the hands of BT."

      Why would they do that? It was privatised because generations of govts failed to find the cash to invest in it. To wrestle it back, as you put it, they'd have to find the cash to buy it back. Then they'd have to find more cash to invest in it. Are you saying investment should cease or do you want to pay more taxes? Or do you know of a magic money tree that'll finance all this?

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Rule No 1*

    * see "paragraph"

    "All your digits are belong to us"

    Thank you for your attention and support

    Yours

    Dave & Co

  9. BurnT'offering

    I vote to ban decryption

    It will keep us safe from e-crime and terrorism. What's not to like?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Facepalm

      Re: I vote to ban decryption

      and save us from privacy / freedom and other such perversions

      1. BurnT'offering

        Re: I vote to ban decryption

        Au contraire - banning decryption is the most effective defence of privacy

  10. Robert Grant Silver badge

    Stop all the analogue clocks!

  11. Anonymous Blowhard

    Politics and Digital?

    I'm not sure what politicians can do with a "Digital Bill" apart from expecting taxpayers to foot it maybe?

    Sounds like another attempt to use public money to fund a bunch of Tory nontrepreneurs...

  12. Uncle Slacky Silver badge
    Thumb Up

    Will...

    Lord Bong of #businessmodel be consulted on the content of this bill, I wonder?

  13. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Childcatcher

    a portmanteau bill for measures such as child protection, broadband,and

    and damm thing we want to drop in there"

    And remember if you don't support this bill you're probably a money laundering paedo terrorist

    Signed

    Ed "Royston" Vaizey.

  14. Vimes

    ...and trade groups are being canvassed

    Note the lack of any mention of the general public.

    Again.

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