Industry vote for no scrutiny of proposed legislation

Tying back into my earlier article about the need for political reform, in particular the point about how Parliamentary debates are scheduled and squashed according to Government whim, this week brought us a leaked memo from the BPI concerning the Digital Economy Bill. The BPI, a music industry lobbying organisation, claims that MPs are "resigned" to the fact that they will not be allowed to debate the bill or give it detailed scrutiny. They cite an expert on legislation as saying that the bill would be likely to die if MPs insisted on examining the legislation in detail before voting on it - i.e. doing their job. It seems that the BPI are fairly confident that our MPs won't bother to do their jobs properly any more now that this Government is almost done. I hope that they are wrong.