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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Prisoner's vote latest update

06/10/2005 - 06/10/2005
HIRST v. the United Kingdom (no. 2)
60041/08 - GREENS v. the United Kingdom (leading)
Case description: Blanket ban on voting imposed automatically on the applicants due to their status as a convicted offenders detained in prison (violations of Article 3 of Protocol No. 1). Pilot judgment of 23/11/2010, Greens and M.T. (60041/08 and 60054/08, final on 11/04/2011).
Status of execution: Individual measures: In the event that the applicants are detained, their eligibility to vote will depend on the general measures adopted (see §§ 72, 93 and 94 of the judgment in Hirst).
General measures: Since the judgment in Hirst became final in 2005 some initiatives were taken with a view to implementing the judgment, including two public consultations on possible changes to the law. However, no concrete steps were taken, and the Committee of Ministers expressed serious concern about the substantial delay in implementing the judgment in the interim resolution adopted on 3 December 2009. The general election held in the United Kingdom in May 2010, triggered a significant number of repetitive complaints to the European Court (around 2,500).
At its 1150th meeting (September 2012), the Committee underlined that according to §115 of the pilot judgment Greens and M.T., the authorities had six months from the date that judgment became final to introduce legislative proposals to amend the electoral law imposing a blanket restriction on voting rights of convicted prisoners in prison, and achieve compliance with the Court's judgment in Hirst No. 2. It noted further that the European Court granted an extension to this deadline and that consequently, the United Kingdom authorities have until 23 November 2012 to comply with the pilot judgment.
§115 of the pilot judgment also states that the legislative proposals should be introduced “with a view to the enactment of an electoral law to achieve compliance with the Court's judgment in Hirst No. 2 according to any time-scale determined by the Committee of Ministers”.
An action plan was submitted on 23 November 2012 (see DH-DD(2012)1106).
The action plan states that on 22 November 2012, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice introduced to Parliament legislative proposals to amend the electoral law imposing a blanket restriction on voting rights of convicted prisoners in prison in the form of a draft bill (the Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Draft Bill). A copy of the announcement is included with the Action plan. The draft bill is publicly available online (see Action plan for link).
The draft bill contains three proposals:
    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 ( the existing blanket ban).
The next step is for the draft bill to be considered in a process called “pre-legislative scrutiny”. This means it will be reviewed by a specially appointed parliamentary committee. That committee will make public recommendations to government; then the government will introduce a finalised version of the bill to parliament for adoption.

Posted by Maniek for John

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Ministers accused of dismantling probation service

Ministers accused of dismantling probation service

I will be on The Politics Show on Sunday talking about this issue.

Good news and bad news

Good news and bad news

After firing lasers for about an hour into my left eye the consultant gave up and sought a second opinion. There followed scans and ultra sound and after a conflab it was decided to seek a third opinion.

Apparently there is a problem at the front and bottom of the eye, and a problem at the back of the eye and the lens isn't in the right place.

I need further corrective surgery in the next few weeks.

Belatedly I am told cataract surgery can sometimes make the glaucoma worse.

The senior consultant said it may not be possible to restore the lost vision.

The good news is that he registered me as disabled on the grounds of visually impaired.

If there is no improvement with my left eye, do I persevere with the low vision in my right eye or risk more cataract surgery?

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Laser eye surgery

Laser eye surgery

I have a 3pm appointment today to have laser surgery to remove the membrane behind the lens in my left eye.

If successful my 80% loss of vision at present will be considerably improved.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

That's a relief

That's a relief

My bowel cancer smear test has come back with normal result!

My appointment for laser eye surgery to remove the membrane is on 8 May.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Was there a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in Lord Ahmed's case?

Was there a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in Lord Ahmed's case?

The outside lane on motorways are for overtaking. When Lord Ahmed crashed into the broken down car and killing the driver he was not overtaking any vehicle.

If as the Telegraph reports In 2009 he was jailed for dangerous driving after sending and receiving text messages minutes before being involved in a fatal motorway crash he was texting minutes before rather than seconds before surely he would have avoided crashing?

Mysteriously he was not charged with causing death by dangerous driving. But instead the lesser charge. His lenient sentence was further reduced when the Establishment needed him to curb Muslim extremists.

The last thing Ahmed should be gobbing off about is a Jewish conspiracy...