David Cameron hopes MPs will oppose court ruling on prisoners’ votes
Guardian: MPs to vote on motion which says ‘democratically elected lawmakers’ should have final say on who gets vote
David Cameron has invited Conservative MPs to deliver a clear signal on Thursday of their opposition to a ruling from the European court of human rights that Britain should lift a blanket ban that prevents prisoners from voting.
Parliament is supreme… in the sense that it can do as it pleases. If we wish to refuse to comply with a treaty, in this case The European Convention and a judgment of the ECHR, we may do so… but…. and it is a big but.. is it not….? We can’t really claim to be upholders of the international rule of law then…can we? What will be the worth of Britain’s word in other international treaties when we enter into them or when, in future, we don’t like the adjudication or judgments in relation to treaties we have already signed?
Of course… this is/may be just too simple minded a viewpoint, easily dismissed by the real politikerrati of Westminster…there, they take a broad, geo-politico-economic view…and then they read The Sun and The Daily Mail to see what their readers think and do what they think…. democracy…DONTCHA LUV IT?
Meanwhile…. so long as the ravening horde of backbenchers are happy and British Bankers are mollified by having a modest tax levy of £800 million added, bringing the tax take, they say, to £2.5 billion…. we’re all happy and bankers can close in for the kill on the £7 billion pot (higher in some newspapers) available for bonuses.