It is no secret that there has been a frosty relationship of late between the European Court of Human Rights (‘ECtHR’) and the British government. Dominic Grieve this week announced his intention to go to the ECtHR to fight their decision on prisoner voting. The question arising is: what happens where the European Court disagrees [...]
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In the case of Tovey, the High Court today decided that the claimants, just a couple of the ‘rapidly expanding cohort of prisoners’ to seek compensation for being deprived of the vote in 2010, should not in fact receive any damages. Perhaps it is wise, before some of the anti-human rights brigade try and exploit [...]
Last week we witnessed Politicians, plebeians and the press form an unlikely union in roundly condemning the European Court of Human Rights, and in no uncertain terms. It was the prospect of ‘surrendering’ the vote to prisoners that had everyone so flummoxed. This led to the remarkable statement of Jack Straw in the House of [...]
On Monday, the think tank Policy Exchange published a Paper titled, ‘Keeping Human Rights at Home’. It has added fuel to the fire on an issue already proving so germane in the lead up to this Thursday’s House of Commons vote on prisoners’ voting rights: to what extent should we obey the European Court of [...]
UPDATED Convicts, it appears, now have two more names to add to their hit-list. An unholy alliance between Jack Straw and David Davis has emerged with the aim of defeating Government plans to award the vote to prisoners serving four years or less. David Davis argued that, ‘I yield to no-one in my defence of [...]
In response to Norman Tebbit’s article in the Guardian declaring that prisoners’ voting rights is an ‘affront to democracy’, this blog suggests that there are good reasons to enfranchise convicted criminals.