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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cowards of the Country

Cowards of the Country

Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg should each be awarded a White Feather from the Prince of Wales for cowardice in the face of public duty.

"With the general election having been called to take place on 6 May this year, it is likely that, on the date of the general election, there will be thousands of sentenced prisoners who will be prevented from voting. This remains the case, despite warnings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Joint Committee on Human Rights in the UK that the UK provision imposing a "blanket ban" on voting by any sentenced prisoner is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

This issue has been, and continues to be, the subject of much debate and, as politicians prepare for the general election, they are being reminded of the potential consequences of failing to fully address this issue before votes are cast. It has been suggested that prisoners could sue if they are not allowed to vote in this year's general election, but could there be other concerns for MPs who are voted in by an electorate that has been established, in part, by a provision which has been held by the ECtHR as unlawful?

The ECtHR has just ruled that all convicted prisoners must get the vote.

None of the 3 main parties address this issue in their manifestos. The Tories have a secret policy which they deliberately withheld from the public(email evidence). Labour is guilty of ignoring the Court decision in Hirst v UK(No2) for over 5 years. And the Lib Dems make their views clear here and they are not compatible with the Convention, given the Austria case referred to above.

Three headless chickens crossing the road...

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