A prisoners life?

I have already had my two-penneth on the subject of prisoners votes. I am happy  to go on record and state that I really don’t support the idea of inmates being allowed to vote. They are in prison for a reason, and why should they have the same rights as people who have not broken the law.

I have also written about my personal grumble about having to pay 90% council tax on an empty property I am trying to sell. Apparently its allowed to be charged as services still have to be delivered to the property. How interesting that I learn that if you get sent to jail apparently you DO NOT have to continue to pay council tax.

Just so I understand this. I have a second property which isn’t used and I pay 90% council tax. If I own just one property and get sent to jail I wouldn’t pay any council tax, and hey, I’ll soon be able to vote.  Tough on crime tough on the causes of crime? Oh yeah!


It shouldn’t happen this time…but it will

At the last General Election a certain Labour MP sent a letter with the following text.

Arrangement during the General Election

It is likely that there will be a General Election in the near future. Once the election has been officially called the arrangements for handling on-going casework are as follows:

The day the election is called I am legally no longer an MP and cannot act on your behalf.

However my staff will still be available to continue working on existing casework. For example they will be able to pass on letters received about cases and advise on them. There will be a staff member available every working day between 10am and 1pm in my existing offices at XXXXXX XXXXX.

I will continue to pursue all matters until the election is called, of course.

I will not be allowed to take on any new casework during the election campaign period unless I am re-elected. Should I be re-elected I will be available all day on the Monday after the election between 10am and 6pm for urgent issues.

Should someone else be elected I will not be allowed to pass on files, due to data protection law and you will need to start afresh with him or her.

As far as I can ascertain the letter went to everyone who had ever been in contact with the MP in question, and went out on headed paper and in paid for postage. So the taxpayer paid for this letter. And I know someone raised it with the House authorities who said that such a communication was in order. Yet even more amazing was that an MP was effectively allowed to say to thousands of constituents that if someone else beat them, their issue would be back to square one with the words, “you will need to start afresh with him or her”. Now is it me or is that phrase actively being used to encourage a voter to cast their vote in one way as opposed to another? And the method of doing that persuasion was paid for by the taxpayer.

Of course to avoid this type of thing the £10,000 communication allowance was brought in. And will it stop it happening as we approach the next election. Will it hell. I advise any Tory PPC to be as proactive as possible and report any Labour MP bending the rules on what this public money can be spent on in an attempt to keep hold of their seat.

Is it me, or do you find this distasteful?

I read this on the BBC News online website and have to say that I found it distasteful to say the least. Voting rights for prisoners??

Why on earth should any prisoner have the right to the vote. The word “right” is interesting as with it comes responsibility, and the very fact that you are in prison surely means you have not acted responsibly. I for one am fed up of hearing more about rights of criminals, be they in prison or not, and nothing about the rights of law abiding citizens.

I’m sure the blogger jailhouselawyer (John Hirst) mentioned in the piece will have a very different view.

Is Brown the Tories biggest asset?

I’ve just been listening to the Prime Minister on the Jeremy Vine show and had to switch it off. Talking about the credit crunch he said that he had been warning about the problem for years, in respect of the situation we are now in.

Hang on a minute. If you are in opposition you can get away with that – as you can warn aout things and have no power to do anything. As Chancellor you have the power to alter things you warn about. As Prime Minister you have the power to do something about the things you warn about.

If you are in power and you know something is wromg, you are negligent if you do nothing about it. Sorry Prime Minister, but if you had indeed been warning about things for years then why on earth did you dit back and do nothing?

The more I listen to Gordon Brown the more I come to realise he just might be one of biggest assets the Tory Party has!

Does the BBC know something we dont?

Apparently Alistair Darling said,

“The truth is Britain will be clearing up for the economic mess left by this government long after the G20 show leaves town.”

Well yes I think I agree.

I suspect they have made a little typo and thequote will be reattributed. It makes my typos look rather un-important!