Cameron’s Online Porn Crackdown, Ctd

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Peter Jukes says the prime minister’s anti-porn move is smart political posturing:

Hard to enforce and easy to circumvent, Cameron’s plans to censor internet porn has much more to do with the populist optics than any practical policy. With a moribund flat-lined economy, the Labour Party, under new leader Ed Miliband, has established a double-figure poll lead for almost two years. However, with the help of a controversial Australian lobbyist and political strategist, Lynton Crosby (“the Wizard of Oz”), the Tories have managed to claw that deficit back to single figures in recent weeks.

Most of this was achieved through classic Rovian tactics: red meat to the right on issues like immigration and welfare, and—shooting UKIP’s fox—promising a referendum on continued EU membership. Meanwhile other moves, such as the successful passage of much-trumpeted legislation on same sex marriage (against the wishes of most his party) helps keep some of Cameron’s “compassionate conservative” credentials alive. Internet porn is another twist in these kind of triangulations.

Still, it doesn’t seem like Cameron is handling these triangulations very well. First he irritated feminists by declining to support their campaign against Page Three. Then it came out that the controversial firm Huawei – linked to the Chinese government and deemed a “threat to national security” by the US – will control the filter. Then the Open Rights Group found that the filter will be designed to block by default “esoteric material,” “web forums,” “violent material,” “smoking,” and “alcohol”, among other topics.

In protest, the blogger Sicksad built a filter to block everything but the naughty bits.

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