Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Prisoners and votes

The Court of Session in Edinburgh reckons the two should go together, having ruled that denying Her Majesty's guests of the right to vote in Holyrood elections contravenes the European Convention of Human Rights.

It's on occasions like this I worry about this conservative streak in me that seems to being growing by the day.

It shows itself when, for example, the question forms in my mind, "Since when was it a 'human right' to be able to participate in a process that leads to the formulation of laws that the complainants in this case have demonstrated that they are either incapable of, or unwilling to, abide by?"

3 comments:

tglavin said...

Not a conservative streak. I don't think.

To the extent that prisons should punish, they should serve to temprarily suspend criminals' civil rights (not deny them their basic human rights). Allow them all the creature comforts, encourage them to improve themselves, but deny them the liberty of free movement in society and such rights to participation in free society as voting.

How is that conservative?

Anonymous said...

"It's on occasions like this I worry about this conservative streak in me that seems to being growing by the day."

I like that.

Anonymous said...

Why should prisoners be given the right to vote AND the right to smoke in an enclosed work place?

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