UK convicted prisoners to get vote

@oldchem1 (8144)
November 2, 2010 8:45am CST
It has been announced today that convicted prisoners in the UK, people who have broken the law are now to be allowed to vote on who makes those laws! The European Court of Human Rights have said that these prisoners must be given the chance to vote - the ban on these prisoners having the vote is 140 years old but has been overruled by Europe. What is your opinion on this matter?
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@shellback (865)
• Philippines
2 Nov 10
Well, I think all of us have a rights to vote to exercise our freewill but if a convict has given their right to vote is a different issue, it depends on what are the political agenda being done by the government, its them who make the rules and eventually bend afterward.
@oldchem1 (8144)
2 Nov 10
It is a pretty difficult question to answer really - I can see pros and cons on both sides.
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• Philippines
2 Nov 10
Yes we know that, anyone have their own political views and we must be careful to choose what side are we belong, for me, lets give more support to the government because it stands still to the last, they have the power, but I'm respecting the comments and voice of the masses.
@nancyrowina (3850)
2 Nov 10
I was watching a TV show this morning where they were discussing thisand couldn't understand why so many of them were against it. Most people in prison probably won't vote as they don't care about politics, and as criminals oppose the state anyway. I personally don't see why anyone should lose the right to vote unless they have committed election fraud, but some people are getting really up in arms about it. The other issue is if we don't give them the vote the government will have to pay them all £750 compensation each, so I think they should just be given the choice, as I said befor emost of them probably won't anyway.
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@oldchem1 (8144)
4 Nov 10
I tend to agree, especially for those people who have taken other lives
@Absinto (2394)
• Portugal
2 Nov 10
They are people like any other. They should have the right to vote because one day they can get out and they might want to try and be a better person with a better life. I dont see why they shouldnt. They know they broke the law but that doesnt mean that they can choose who make them.
@oldchem1 (8144)
4 Nov 10
But should murdered who take away a person's life be expected to have their own 'human rights' in prison?
@Absinto (2394)
• Portugal
4 Nov 10
I think they have the right to vote. They are going to be locked up so human rights dont apply to them. They are helping us choose for the best. Dont forget some murderes are accidental. Are you going to kill them because of that too?
@oldchem1 (8144)
5 Nov 10
Oh I do not believe in the dath penalty, but there are some horrendous murderers in our prisons who deserve not one right at all!!
@HADDOWZ (1481)
2 Nov 10
Everyone has 'human rights' Everyone has the right to live. Then along comes people (if thats the right word to describe them) like Peter Sutcliffe or Myra Hindle who take a person's life, ie their right to live. Now you expect me to be happy that they have the right to vote/have a say, as to how I live my life. How our country should be run etc... voting on their own beliefs. What an outrageous disgrace. There has only ever been 1 convict that I know , who's opinion and vote I would trust and that was 'Norman Stanley Fletcher's' And for fellow myLotters who know who 'N.S.F' is then they will realise just how much of a joke this new ruling by the Eurocrats is. For anyone who does not know who he was, I would suggest Googling him, he was in Slade Prison, UK
@oldchem1 (8144)
4 Nov 10
Fletcher should be PM never mind allowed to vote
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@HADDOWZ (1481)
4 Nov 10
They could make a party politic broadcast out of those characters.. Fletcher as David Cameron Godber as Nick Clegg McLaren as the American President (obviously ) But who would Barrowclough and Mackay play ?? At least people would enjoy watching it.
@oldchem1 (8144)
5 Nov 10
@alaskanray (4642)
• United States
2 Nov 10
What a nightmare! There is a reason why prisoners have been denied the right to vote. They forfeited that right when they chose to break the law! This is SO WRONG in so many ways!!!
@oldchem1 (8144)
4 Nov 10
Child molesters and murderers etc should lose all their rights as part of their sentence in my opinion.
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• United States
4 Nov 10
Amen, sister!
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
12 Nov 10
Are the people in European Court of Human Rights out of their dang mind?! Why don't they just give the prisoners the key to their cell doors? I mean, come on!! They're going to vote on less time to be served or the person to be in office that agrees with less time or not so harsh sentences. Some people have so much book smarts that they don't have a lick of common sense! It's sad really. These prisoners KNEW they were giving up these rights when they committed the crime to begin with!
@oldchem1 (8144)
12 Nov 10
You would think so, I would think so but not our friends in Brussels seemingly!! Or is that one The Hague - where ever!!