The “wash-up” session before a General Election is usually used for essential but non-controversial legislation. It looks as though the bipartisan effort to get the Digital Economy Bill out of the way, (so that the next Government is not diverted from other tasks), may saddle us with legislation as constructive and well thought out as the Volstead Act. Outlaw.com carries a good article summarising points made by Lillian Edwards on the latest clause to be proposed.
The problems that need to be addressed go to the heart of the UK’s position in the global Knowledge Economy and rushed legislation in the wash-up period before a general election is not the way to address them.
P.S. My attention has just been drawn to the US Digital Due Process initiative – do note who is backing it.