He brought a case to the High Court in 2001 challenging the ban on prisoners voting under the Representation of the People Act 1983, but his claim was dismissed by Lord Justice Kennedy.
Hirst pursued the case to the European Court of Human Rights which ruled in 2005 that the ban breached the right to free elections under the European Convention on Human Rights.
No, of course not in his entirety: Mr. Hirst is not an admirable character overall. The manslaughter, the further violent crimes when in prison, indeed, just about any and anything I\’ve seen of him online.
However, there is more than a little bit of sneaking admiration for him lurking in the depths of the Worstall soul. To fight, alone, for near a decade, just to get them that be to acknowledge and enforce the law that they themselves signed up for is admirable.
\”Oi, cunto, this is the law and so you must apply it\”. However high and mighty you may be and however low life you think me to be.
No, not the John Wilkes of our day, not that far. But admirable all the same.
Whatever you think of the outcome or of the man in the round, that sort of \’orneriness is something we could do with more of.