[Fsfe-ie] Parties on swpat
alex-list at ffii.org.uk
Thu Aug 26 05:48:23 CEST 2004
On Tue, 2004-08-24 at 15:09, Justin Mason wrote:
> There does seem to be a gulf, alright. The Fianna Fail MEPs have been
> anti-swpat (a little bit to my surprise ;).
Indeed, natural parties of government tend to take a pro-swpat stance,
probably because of a "trust the civil service" culture. This is true
regardless of ideological outlook -- the Swedish Social Democrats and
the UK Conservatives (who still think of themselves as a natural party
of gvt even if it's now questionable whether they really are) are as
different as can be ideologically, but both are firmly pro-swpat.
Possibly reasons for FF's stance in the European Parliament:
-- Its legal affairs spokesman Brian Crowley seems to have a clue.
-- Its allies in the European Parliament: yes, conservative, but not in
the Anglo-Saxon mould, instead populist and even anti-American. AIUI FF
itself comes from that tradition.
-- The Irish voting system means you can't afford to alienate your
> OTOH, Gay Mitchell (Fine Gael) informed a voter last June that he was
> pro-swpat, despite the FG party position having changed to anti:
> - Mitchell: http://www.eire.com/blogarchives/000138.html
> - FG: http://4c.ucc.ie/~cbosch/dscf1032.jpg
The documents above may represent Avril Doyle's policy more than
official FG policy. It's good, tho', if people within FG actually think
it *is* their policy.
My hunch is that FG doesn't actually have a formal policy on software
patents (and nor does FF). Of course having one doesn't mean that the
MEPs would actually follow it --- look at the British LibDems.
> Alex Macfie, Taipei, Taiwan ROC email <alex at cgce.net>
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