Wednesday, 3 November 2010

It takes a thief...

There has been much gnashing of teeth over the decision to allow prisoners the vote. My stand on this is very simple.

Prisoners are citizens. They do not cease being citizens when they are imprisoned for their crimes. Citizens of a State have the right to vote for the State they must live under. It is enshrined in English Law (not the EU). Remand prisoners may already vote. I see no reason that prisoners who perhaps are the most vulnerable to the whims of the State may not do the same.

Now, you may not like John Hirst. You certainly may not like what he did. I don't. But he did the crime, he did the time and now has handed back a small piece of stolen property to every citizen in this country, and for that I am grateful.

And remember, the State gets to decide what makes a criminal, not you or I. Even hissy Iain (currently looking for a knee that seems to have gone AWOL) would have been breaking rocks in prison a mere 43 years ago as yes, a criminal.

You cannot be a country that accepts Human Rights and not accept what Human Rights are to every human.
Isn't it amusing that it took an insane axe "manslaughterer" to hold the State to account over OUR human rights? Not one of the many publicly funded human rights lawyers, not a politician, but an ex con with 25 years served.

Let rip in the comments....

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