Vile Labour leaflet time: “Do you want convicted murderers, rapists and paedophiles to be given the vote?”

If you thought the Tories were bastards (If?), then wait until you see what Labour are up to in Birmingham Hall Green.

I’ve registered my displeasure with the Tory Party leaflet campaign but Labour’s Roger Godsiff may have just pipped them to the post.

“Do you want convicted murderers, rapists and paedophiles to be given the vote? The Lib Dems do”.

Faced with this, “I agree with Nick” does not seem a likely response from Brown or Cameron.With Vanessa George‘s face plastered across the leaflet it seems clear that this is a leaflet designed to provoke.

Of course it is based on fluff and nonsense. You didn’t see this particular policy in the Lib Dem Manifesto because it’s not there.

What this leaflet refers to, in an oblique, misleading and defamatory fashion is that this natio imposes a blanket ban on prisoner’s voting and this is illegal.

Since 2005 the state and all the major parties have been aware that this is illegal and the Lib Dems have committed themselves to address this. This provides more kudos for their liberal credentials, and Labour’s intransigence further damages theirs.

This legally obligated and  sensible position has now seen the Lib Dems victims of a vile smear connecting them with paedophiles.

While I expect it these days, it still irks me that this Labour leaflet has to appeal to the most base instincts of fear and outrage. It does make me wonder why some have chosen to support them.

Of course this fear would be powerless to influence if it were not coupled with the electorate’s ignorance of exactly why the vote of prisoners matter.


9 thoughts on “Vile Labour leaflet time: “Do you want convicted murderers, rapists and paedophiles to be given the vote?”

  1. Outstanding piece. I’m not a Lib Dem as such, but the bare-faced lies and misinformation being punted around – primarily by Labour and the Tories – about other parties policies has left me feeling outraged, exhausted, and a bit disillusioned. Take a Tory Councillor on Twitter – @CllrGarethCompt – and his remarks on this policy. And he is a Councillor!

    If we want to clean up politics, then a brief flirtation with the truth, and discussion of the metis of policy, rather than scaremongering in an election would be a good place to start.

    In fact, I’ve just realised I’m so angry about all this I can’t write properly anymore.

  2. If there was still a 1% chance I’d vote Labour, surely now there’s now way. Things have been made easier by not having Clare Short (who I liked very much) in the Ladywood constituency.
    I hope Labour get completely wiped out on May 6.

    1. I’ve pretty much given up on party politics apart from a couple of months every 4 or 5 years.

      Its not that I hate everything about any of the parties, even the tories have some redeeming features (like David Davis… and actually this is harder than it looks) but I do feel more can be achieved through other methods most of the time.

      I do wonder what would happen if there was a “liberal” moment. We’d finally have a system like in America where we’ve two unabatedly capitalist parties (a nice one and a nasty one) and I wonder if a party of labour could rise up again (not that Labour’s been anything but nominally socialist). Hmm, I’m not ready to give up on Labour in principle, but in practice, at least on a national level they rarely get a good word from me.

  3. Well I actually agree with both the leaflet and the point of it, although, not with Labour. This is quite an important issue.
    Those that take advantage of, abuse and harm society should not have the option of partaking in the decision making processes, after all we are not talking about a small number of people here. Almost 100,000 people are in prison in Britain and the figure is rising. Either these people are being punished, or they aren't. 
    Personally I believe that they should have all rights removed, personal and religious, and if they have been in prison before, they should have to work extra hard to regain these rights upon their release. 
    As for it being illegal, rubbish! We live in a democracy, if the vast majority of people agree with it, then imposing the reverse just to fit in with the ideals of our European neighbours is (or should be) illegal. This is why I hate Parliament and representative democracy, the will of the people is ignored by people who like to lecture us on how we should think. 

  4. Charlie, while I agree with you that the court has got it wrong, you seem to be missing the point that, rightly or wrongly, this country IS a signatory to the relevant Council of Europe (not EU) Convention. Are you saying that this country should not be bound by its given word? What sort of example is that for its citizens? And is such a precedent of treaty-breaking really in the national interest?

    The commitments to the Convention that Britain has entered into by virtue of its membership of the Council of Europe are not, yet, legally binding in a simple sense, unlike the provisions of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which became so under the Lisbon Treaty.

    The UK retains a right of derogation under article 15 of the Convention … but I doubt it would choose to exercise that right over this issue. Until it does so, the Convention, which is also a treaty, holds.

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