ACTA Supporters - UKIP named and shamed
10th March 2010 17:06 | by Andrew Robinson
Update 2: Statement from UKIP added to the end of the article.
Update: Three Netherlands MEPs have changed their vote, leaving UKIP as the ONLY party that supports ACTA.
Opposition to the secret ACTA treaty is spreading like wildfire. Today the members of the European Parliament had their say, as on a resolution against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, arguing that it flouts agreed EU laws on counterfeiting and piracy online. MEPs will go to the Court of Justice if the EU does not reject the leaked proposals which include draconian powers to censor the internet and disconnect net connections.
The result was a massive landslide in favour of open government and internet freedom. 636 MEPs were on the side of freedom, and just 10 voted in favour of ACTA.
I can now name and shame those 10, people who were elected to represent us, but who want us to be governed by a secret worldwide clique where the RIAA call the shots and politicians are too scared to tell the public what they are signing us up to. The list in full is:
- Nigel Farage (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- Marta Andreasen (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- Stuart Agnew (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- Gerard Batten (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- John Bufton (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- Trevor Colman (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- The Earl of Dartmouth (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- Mike Nattrass (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- Paul Nuttall (United Kingdom, UKIP)
- Nicole Sinclaire (United Kingdom, UKIP)
Just 16 politicians couldn't make their minds up and abstained. They include:
- Diane Dodds (Northern Ireland, Democratic Unionist Party)
- Nick Griffin (United Kingdom, BNP)
- Andrew Henry William Brons (United Kingdom, BNP)
I am, quite simply, disgusted.
If those names make you feel ashamed to be British, you can do something about it right now. Join the Pirate Party UK, make a donation, come forwards as a candidate for us. Make sure your voice is heard.
The Pirate Party UK's press release:
A UKIP representative
"Whilst we as a group voted against the ACTA Resolution on Wednesday 10th March 2010, we did so on the principle that the ACTA Treaty itself should not exist in any form. It is a catastrophic violation of individual private property. Had we voted to support the Resolution, we would be recognising the existence of such legislation and on that basis we decided not to recognise the Treaty."
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