Prisoner voting rights are undemocratic
Citzens having the vote is undemocratic?
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg was only able to pass judgement on this matter because of an individual case lodged by an ex-lifer who had pursued his claim relentlessly for years. Rather than being determined by a free vote in Parliament, or by the judgement of our own courts, an individual litigant was able to appeal over the heads of the British public, the Government and the judiciary to an unaccountable foreign court.
That specific individual litigant may well be, as my opinion is, rather more than just a bit of a shit. But then so was Tom Paine by all accounts.
I\’ve long despised the American system (it\’s actually State by State) whereby convicted felons lose their democratic rights.
If you\’re a citizen you\’ve got the vote. You don\’t have the vote then you\’re not a full citizen then are you?
As for all the horror of having crooks voting for our rulers: shit, we\’re voting for which crooks will rule us so might as well have some experts to help sort through them.