Digital Economy Bill passed; parliamentary attendance disappointing

The Digital Economy Bill has been approved by 189 votes to 47 votes, with majority of its original clauses intact.

One of the many aims of the controversial Digital Economy Bill is to tackle the problem of online piracy.

But, surprisingly MPs did not show up to the Digital Economy Bill debate that preceded the vote. At its peak turnout, only 40 MPs out of a total of 646 MPs were present in the House of Commons to listen to the debate.

At one point, fewer than 15 MPs were present in the House of Commons, while more than 5,000 people were sharing tweets about the event.

The approval of the Bill will allow politicians to ban pirate websites without primary legislation. Overall, the Bill aims at enhancing Britain’s digital economy.