I've just heard that the 70,000 people serving custodial sentences will soon have the right to vote. This decisions is being forced on us by the European Court of Human Rights and has been fought be both the current and last governments, we face multi million pound fine s if we do not comply.
When someone is sent to prison some of their rights are temporarily curtailed, the right to a private life and the right to free movement for example. The idea that in prison you should expect all the same rights that you had on the outside is laughable. In the UK we have decided that the right to vote is one of the rights which is curtailed in our system. I cannot understand why the ECHR feels the need to dictate in this area.
Many people will feel justifiably outraged that this hugely significant change has been forced on us by Europe and added to the 2.9% European budget increase will further shift public opinion in an increasingly anti EU direction.
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