Prisoner votes - a few facts
A number of issues have been missed from the debate about whether or not convicted prisoners (as opposed to those imprisoned for default, contempt or on remand) should have the right to vote.
Firstly, the European Court of Human Rights did not offer any compensation.
Secondly, the court looked at the third article of the first protocol to the European Convention, not the original convention.
Thirdly, the UK is not alone in not allowing convicted prisoners the vote.
It is entirely possible for the Council of Europe to clarify this particular issue. Hence a lot of the hot air relating to the issue arises from a misunderstanding as to the details of the issue.
The details are important.