You may have seen that there was a report published this month, Digital Opportunity: A Review of Intellectual Property and Growth. While most press reports on it have covered what it has to say about copyright - with good reason mind you, it's thoughful and frank - there were some other sections in it of significance to free software.
The report says that as the number of patents relating to computer programming increases, it's actually starting to impede innovation. Because of this, it doesn't recommend that the UK harmonise it's IP (sorry, RMS, for using this) with the EU in this regard as it believes allowing greater room for software patents would have a negative impact on the UK economy.
It actually says little more than what free software advocates have been saying for years - software patents are bad, they make innovation difficult and development risky for small development teams.
What's great is that this is the official advice that's now being given to the UK government. Now let's see what the government does with the report...