It looks like the prime minster, David Cameron, will not only end up helping Greece out of its current financial woes, but also giving votes to prisoners, something he has stated he is dead against and the House of Commons voted overwhelmingly against earlier this year.
David Cameron was challenged during yesterday's Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) by Conservative backbencher Philip Hollobone on the subject of rejecting the call by the European Court of Human Rights to give prisoners the vote. The senior Tory MP said that the UK should stand up to this call from the ECHR and asked the PM if the government will " … stand up and insist that on this issue Britain will not budge?"
But the PM's answer was not that emphatic on the point. "The House of Commons has given a very clear view that prisoners should not have the vote." He said "My own view is that prisoners should not have the vote. We should be trying to reform the European Court and the Justice Secretary is leading the charge to make sure it does pay more attention to national judgments and national parliaments. But at the same time we will have to consider our response to this issue and I want it to be as close as possible to the clearly expressed will of the House of ÂCommons.”
So the expressed will of the 'House' will be compromised, possibly by allowing some prisoners to have the vote.
But before we all get got under the collar about the meddling EU, let's look at where these laws really stem from.
As I have said before, The UK is a signatory to both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, both of which give everyone the human right to vote.
That means that voting is a right that no person or government can remove from a human. If we don't want to abide by this then we should remove ourselves from supporting these documents. But we won't as we want to be seen as being moral beacons but we don't want to actually shine the light.
As ever, humans in the UK have temporary access to some privileges, which can be removed when the state pleases. Why won't politicians make this clear?
As to the Greece bail out the PM answered a question in PMQs from Democratic Unionist MP Sammy Wilson asking for the PM to assure the House that the UK won't contribute any more cash, to which the PM said that the only money directly lent to another country was that to Ireland earlier in the year. But of course we will lend indirectly via the IMF and potentially via the EU.