"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."

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Prisoners' Votes

I'm going to have a quiet (ish) day.  Apart from keeping an eye out for the verdict on expenses-cheating MP Eric Illsley I'll be watching the debate on prisoner voting in the House of Commons.  If you want to dip in, the action begins at 11.30am, or shortly after depending on other business, and continues until 6pm latest.

Live Parliament
BBC Parliament Channel

"A candidate's coming to the door.  Let's pretend we're out."


Part 2
Part 3/Final


  1. Will you be keeping us updated? I cant get any live telly stuff at work :-(

  2. I'll do my best, Bucko :-) I always found these things much easier to do when I had a tv - ease of blogging live updates & lack of recording facility is the only reason I miss having a tv.

    I've probably got the timing wrong - they've just finished discussing Energy & Climate Change and now they're on to Business Questions (11.39). Not riveting.

  3. Thanks. What a good result. Can we leave the EU now?

  4. You're welcome. At the moment the EU hasn't technically signed up to the ECHR - it has its own Charter of Fundamental Rights or something (via the ECJ). But... it is tied into it via the Council of Europe - there's so many damned institutions - it's a terrible web. At the moment the ECHR specifies "an obligation" on signatories to carry out ECHR rulings but once the EU joins formally, probably some time this year, it will become mandatory, on pain of death. Only joking. (The death bit). It's so convoluted, which is how they like it, that it's much easier to just say 'NO'.


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