I was a Conservative and was quite excited when we had this Coalition Government but they seem be turning native i.e. getting used there position of power. They have become as arrogant as all previous Government ministers and MP’s in that they believe they know what is best and treat the Electorate like stupid little children totally ignoring the will of the people.
There are two things more then anything else that affects the Democratic will of the people of Great Britain
1) The European Court of Human Rights, this loathsome Act continually over turns our laws and in most cases to the determent of the British People
2) The European Union most of our laws are now made by the EU once again to the detriment of the British People. With 80% of the population of GB wanting a Referendum on the EU and 70% of those wishing to leave why doesn’t our government do something? Simple when the British Politics they join the EU gravy train what did Cameron promise A cut in the EU budget but instead he got us an increase.
We need what Switzerland does in that on any major issue there is a referendum.
Not all are like the ones have mention local MEP Daniel Hannan is outspoken critic of the EU and local MP Gordon Henderson is not frightened to represent the wishes of his constituents just read below his stand against Prisoners getting the vote.
Martin Clarke Sittingbourne
Date: 3rd November 2010
Subject: Gordon Henderson warns Government over votes for prisoners
Local MP Gordon Henderson has warned the Government he will vote against any legislation that allows those convicted of serious crimes, such as murderers, rapists and paedophiles, to vote in elections.
Mr Henderson’s warning came after the Government announced that it was looking at ways to implement the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that said that Britain is breaking the law by refusing to give prisoners the vote.
Mr Henderson said:
“I am most unhappy that we are being dictated to by a foreign court. Britain is a sovereign nation and the Westminster Parliament should decide how we treat those who break our laws.
“I think that my constituents will be as appalled as I am if serious criminals such as murders, rapists and paedophiles are allowed to vote.
“Prison has two functions, the first is to punish prisoners and the second is to try to rehabilitate them. Part of the punishment regime is to deprive inmates of their liberty and their right to take part in the democratic process.
“If you let prisoners vote then the level of their punishment will be reduced and that simply cannot be right, which is why I warned the Government that when legislation is placed before the House I will vote against it, whether or not we are given a free vote.
“However, I do believe that it is probably right for some prisoners to have a vote in certain circumstances. For instance, people who are on remand should be entitled to vote because they have not been convicted and I think there is an argument for allowing a vote to those prisoners who have almost served their time and who are transferred from a secure prison to an open prison, as part of the process of adsorbing them back into Society.”
Note to editors:
Gordon Henderson made the following statement in Parliament:
“The shadow Secretary of State for Justice urged during his question that any legislation that comes forward should be subject to a free vote. I do not really care whether there is a free vote or not, because I shall vote against any such legislation.”