"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

A Quickie

John Hurst, Jailhouse Lawyer blog, demonstrates to Andrew Neil, why prisoners and some ex-cons shouldn't be allowed to vote:



A: They're belligerent and thick.  I can't remember the last time I saw such a nasty piece of work given interview time on television.

The Forfeiture Act, 1870. One 'genteel tradition' of English Common Law is that anyone guilty of a crime (tried by a jury of his peers) has removed themselves from society. The withdrawal of voting rights has always been a part of the punishment in England - even dating back to the 14thC.

I'm glad the ECHR ruling makes Cameron 'sick to his stomach' but what will he do about it? Like many others, I'm judging him and his government on actions, not words.

UPDATE: “Don't know if I should feel proud for having booked John Hirst for today's Daily Politics...”

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