The Right to Vote?

November 9, 2010 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

When did this become such an illiberal country? There’s a ‘debate’ about the right of prisoners to vote. The vast majority of spokespeople seem to share D Cameron’s feeling of physical sickness at the prospect. Thank God for Shami Chakrabarti on Question Time and Ian Rankin (yes, that Ian Rankin) on Any Questions for putting the more liberal view – though in fairness the AQ audience was evenly divided on the issue.

I for one don’t want to live in a society in which prostitutes, alcoholics and shoplifters are denied their basic rights. For real nasty criminals there’s a grey area – I can understand why people balk at the thought of murderers, rapists etc participating in the democratic process – but I’d still side with the EHCR.

Surely we all have an interest in the eventual rehabilitation of prisoners, the vast majority of whom will eventually be back living among us? Mrs Thatcher cheerfully expanded the ‘underclass’ (yes, it’s a vile term) with no vested interest in society, big or otherwise. Their children are now of an age to be serving at Her Majesty’s pleasure, and we have the biggest prison population in Western Europe, pro rata. Please, let’s help them to give a damn about who governs them!

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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