Comments on: Taking power from the powerless http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/02/11/taking-power-from-the-powerless/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: gabtat http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2011/02/11/taking-power-from-the-powerless/comment-page-1/#comment-14864 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:16:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=9149#comment-14864 “Even  China only takes the right away from those condemned to life in prison, or to death.” Actually China is a Communist Dictatorship so it takes away the right to a meaningful vote away from all it’s citizens bar those in the senior ranks of the Communist party. This is not a good point of comparison – we enfranchise far more people than China.

Cameron is representing the vast majority of the British public who oppose giving prisoners the vote. He is not playing to any wing of his party – there is a broad coalition in Parliament that opposes giving prisoners the right to vote. The UK Parliament voted 234 to 22 to prevent prisoners being allowed to vote. Thirteen European nations have the same policy as we do – a blanket ban on prisoners voting. So the UK policy is not unique and is backed both by Britain’s Parliament and her people.
 

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