The Porn Block is not the story. It is a distraction.

The Great Firewall of Kim Jong Cameron is a distraction from the more pressing things.

David Cameron’s Porn Block idea is chilling, but let’s stop for a moment and consider the context, and I’ll explain why I think it is a distraction.

  • MPs are currently on recess.

During the summer, MPs go on holiday, and so MPs and ministers can’t be called to the house to debate or justify their idea. Parties don’t need to react/state their views to things. In addition, some of the MPs that are voices of reason are on holiday and thus not available to shout it down.

  • If it got anywhere neat implementation, it’d be wildly unpopular.

My feeling is that given the statistics in the field I’m aware of, it’d be about as popular as outlawing alcohol.

  • It’s conveniently drawing attention away from other things

Criticism, media attention, activist attention is being diverted to the Porn Block from the other story – that GCHQ is already is monitoring your internet with Tempora and that almost no UK media want to talk about it. “Sex sells” as they say.

Whether deliberate or co-incidental, the porn block is clearly is a distraction. And a very effective one.

The Porn Block: A Distraction

The Porn Block: A Distraction

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