“Prisoners have broken their contract with society and obviously have no respect for the human rights of others, so why should we afford them the right to vote?” said UKIP MEP Mr Nuttall.Jailhouse lawyer may disagree with him here I suspect...
“It is another case of politically correct nonsense, which sends out the signal to criminals that society has gone soft.”
“But I fear in due course some prisoners will be able to vote because we remain bound by our Treaty obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights," he said.
This is an intersting one, in that whilst I agree with Nuttall that prisoners should not have the right to vote, I agree with the JHL on the smaller point that, given the ECHR has ruled that they should be given the vote, then they should.
I agree because it is only by abiding by the law in this case that we can highlight the effect of EU legislation. Currently the Government are in breach of European law because they are frightened of the response of the public to giving prisoners the vote.
Tough. They signed up to the Charter, then they should suffer from the way it means that we cannot make our own law. At present they are merely delaying the inevitable.