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Coalition kills ID cards, Digital Economy Act's fate uncertain

ID cards have been scrapped under the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition deal, but it remains unclear about what is to be done with the Digital Economy Act.

He added that there is more onus on the Lib Dems to get a repeal in motion. "Nick Clegg made some very bold personal statements so I'm sure it will be something that he will be considering carefully because his personal reputation has been put on the line," he said.

Last month, Clegg said he would repeal the act, claiming it favoured "big corporations" too much.

But Killock believes David Cameron's reputation would not be damaged to the same degree as the Lib Dem leader if action were not taken on issues such as disconnection measures.

What would be best, from Killock's standpoint, would be to see clauses 11 through to 18 put into a repeal bill. "If they don't do it the process will rattle on for a couple of years before big decisions are made."

Regardless of such hopes, the fact that the Digital Economy Act has been left untouched for now hints that repealing it is not as pressing a concern as other issues.

Of course, just one day into this new era of British politics, much is still uncertain.

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