[ILUG] patents again
linux at esatclear.ie
Tue Apr 26 18:22:08 IST 2005
Frank Duignan wrote:
>I see our MEP is pushing for patents again.
>Almost makes one embarassed to be Irish.
Perhaps he should be moved to the "In Favour" area on
http://www.kde.ie/patents/mep-status.php and be sent an email informing
him of it. If he wants to be moved he should need to provide a public
statement explaining his position.
It's probably time to ask the others who are considering their position
or who have not clarified their positions just where they stand. Tell
them that in the absence of a clear statement we will do our best to
represent their position based on any comments they have made on record,
or in their absence based on the comments of their party/associates and
that a clear public statement will be required before we will
re-evaluate positions (e.g. all the Fianna Fail MEPs would be moved to
"in favour" in the absence of any personal public statements to suggest
otherwise but the Independents may not have anything for us to base an
We need 4 of the "under consideration" or "unknown" MEPs to come out
against to have a 2/3 majority here in Ireland (which given the
"special" circumstances of Ireland would be quite damning). As it is
with 7/16 against and 4/16 "In favour" (I'm counting all the FF MEPs
against) things are good, but could there actually be a complete united
oppossition to the government on this across the entire country (2 FG, 2
Indep and 1 UUP are unknown with 3 FG, 2 SF, 1 Labour and 1 DUP against)?
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