I do love the scare quotes. Who but a complete moron (or 'Daily Mail' reader, but I repeat myself..) could think that the original proposal wasn't a breach of civil liberties?
It seems that the proposal now is for responsibility to lay with *gasp* the parents!
...internet providers would merely give users the opportunity to filter out pornography more easily.
Under these proposals, subscribers would be asked a ‘yes or no’ question about whether they wish to continue being able to access adult material, enabling parents to block access for their children. The question will be asked on only one occasion.Does that satisfy the pornophobes? Reader, it does not:
...MPs and charities say this will not adequately safeguard children because it will rely on their parents being responsible and proactive enough to ask for access to be blocked.They say that as if it were a bad thing, don't they?
Tory MP Claire Perry, who last week led calls for the Government to take stronger action, said ...it would be ‘really disappointing’ if the idea was excluded from the paper, adding: ‘If there’s no age check there then we’re not solving the problem. I understand the ideological objections but I don’t think that’s a fact-based argument to make. I just think our kids deserve more than empty phrases like “civil liberties”.’'Take away our freedom to make our own decisions! Do it for the chiiildreeeen!' I guess now I know who's bucking for the job of Porn Tsar.
What a wretched, unthinking bunch these New Tories are indeed. And they aren't the only ones:
John Brown, of children’s charity the NSPCC, said: ‘We would take the view that child safety should take precedence over civil liberties arguments.’Welcome to