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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Horror at Euro Human Rights Prison Vote Horror

Horror stalked Whitehall today as huge fanged human rights activists threatened to persecute the Government in court over its denial of the vote to sentenced prisoners.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2004 that the disenfranchisement of prisoners is unlawful, prompting immediate condemnation from Eurosceptics who believe that Britishness supersedes legality.

The Liberal Democrats criticised the previous government for its refusal to lift the blanket ban on prisoners voting, while the Conservatives have evaded the issue until it can be determined what proportion of the prison population is likely to vote Conservative.

Ministers are thought to be worried that, as with proportional representation and Lords reform, any attempt to tamper with the sacred traditions of Westminster democracy could risk severing the precious connection between MPs and their constituents, letting the BNP in and causing more immigration and other violent crimes.

There are also fears that giving prisoners the vote might lead to a conflict of interest, resulting in prisoners voting against the privatisation of the penal system.

Some experts have speculated that Britain might even end up being governed by people with no regard for the law.


  • At 10:31 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    In this country, there are states where you can have done your time, successfully completed parole and still be denied the right to vote. Part of the Jim Crow tradition.


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