The Supreme Court has dismissed appeals from two prisoners over the right to vote under European Union rules.
Convicted murderers Peter Chester and George McGeoch had argued that EU law gave them a right to vote – even though they cannot under British law.
Prime Minister David Cameron told the Commons that the ruling was “a great victory for common sense”.
Well, we can dismiss the last sentence out of hand, coming from him. Jailhouse Lawyer, predictably, is onto it and makes various legal positions clear.
Under what circumstances would you give a prisoner voting rights? Assuming they’ll vote Labour in the main, then supposedly when Labour are in power – the more votes the merrier.
JHL lists the three options being put forward:
Option 1: a ban on voting for prisoners sentenced to 4 years or more,
Option 2: a ban on voting for prisoners sentenced to more than 6 months,
Option 3: a ban for all prisoners (i.e.re-enacting the existing blanket ban).
Seems to me those should not be the criteria. Gravity of offence and clarity of guilt would seem to be more viable. The idea being, of course, that political prisoners, e.g. wheely-bin crime, should not have voting rights rescinded. What of all those inside for saying the wrong thing?
Blanket ban doesn’t seem right but the criteria are critical, are they not?