Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Prisoners Votes Is Wrong
Guido and Michael Heaver have already posted this, but it is so disgusting that as many people as possible should view it. This is John Hirst. He killed his landlady by putting an axe in her head. He was given 25 years for manslaughter. [UPDATE: A commenter points out it was 15 years but he seerved 25 years because of bad behaviour]. He gets very upset if you call him a murderer. He is now out of prison on licence.
Over the last few years he has conducted a campaign through the courts to persuade the government that it has to comply with European legislation and give prisoners the vote. According to the Telegraph this morning he has now succeeded.
In this video he is filmed (by himself) celebrating. He lights up a spliff. I wuld have thought that was a very dangerous thing to do for a prisoner out on licence. But what do I know.
What I do know is that giving prisoners the vote is fundamentally wrong. When you are sent to prison you lose your liberty and you lose some fundamental rights along with it. The right to vote has always been one of those rights. I dread to think how prisoners can now be put on the electoral roll. If it's done on residence, then the prisoners' vote in some constituencies will be absolutely crucial - Sittingbourne & Sheppey being one. Imagine being a candidate and trying to campaign in a prison. Laughable, isn't it?
And doesn't this decision show beyond all doubt that we have lost control of our own legal system?