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The votes for prisoners issue is arousing the fight in Britons.  Both the Daily Mail and the Telegraph called for defiance.  The Telegraph editorial is particularly compelling:

We believe the Government should refuse to accept the judgment by the European Court of Human Rights and if the court orders compensation to be paid, ministers should outlaw such payments.

This is from the title!  Here’s a text highlight or two:

With an insouciance bordering on arrogance, the European Court of Human Rights has refused even to hear the Government’s appeal against its ruling that British prisoners should be given the vote. Instead, it has given the Government a six-month deadline to change the law.

I have a three word answer for the ECHR if I were PM but this is a family blog and I am a Nazarene!  But this is exactly the kind of thinking that dominates those who would control Europe and the world today.  I still call for a law that takes the British courts’ power or jurisdiction away to award compensation to any victorious prisoners.  There is support for some sort of nullification among the British courts:

Earlier this month, Lord Neuberger, the Master of the Rolls, said that the domestic courts would not interfere if Parliament chose to ignore the ruling. And Lord Hoffmann, a recently retired senior judge, has accused the ECHR of being unable to resist the temptation to “aggrandise its jurisdiction” by laying down a “federal law of Europe”, and said the court should not be allowed to intervene in the detail of domestic law.

The Telegraph calls for a showdown.  I agree.

Such a showdown is long overdue – and while some on the Left will take umbrage, there will be broad political support for the Prime Minister. This is, after all, about the right of the British to make their own laws.

Just to remind PM Cameron the stakes in the matter politically, here the eurosceptics in the Tory party are trying to stiffen his resolve:

Conservative MP for Witham Priti Patel said: *  *  *  This is morally wrong as well as democratically wrong and we must say that we will not take instruction from an unelected group of European judges. The Government should not simply ignore this ruling, it should say publicly that it is going to defy it.  *  *  *  This is about Parliamentary sovereignty and it is about who governs Britain.’

Eurosceptic MP Bill Cash said: ‘The British Parliament must be its own master and make decisions on behalf of its people. The Government must not simply buckle to bullying by Strasbourg.’

The chief judge had this to say about the British attempt to have its own human rights law, calling it a “bad idea.”  The bad idea is being under the technical jurisdiction.  Two Tory backbenchers warn that British voters have options:

He and fellow Tory backbencher Brian Binley are soliciting contributions for what they are calling the Blue Book. It is described as an alternative manifesto to Cameron’s, reflecting a belief that the government has been over-run by the Lib Dem Orange Bookers, the voice of that party’s right wing.

Blue Book Tories watch in frustration as anti-euro rightwing parties make inroads across the continent while the Tory poll rating drops, the government agrees another EU bailout and gives prisoners the vote on Strasbourg’s orders. The Blue Book will air their remedies. Davis told another MP recently that he thought morale in the party was as bad as at it was in the last six months of the Thatcher government.  (emphasis added)

I am sorry to say that the Tory Party cannot be changed unless it risks another election.  Only UKIP is the real choice.

Another reason to vote UKIP is the attempt by the EU to implement a food tax, that’s right a food tax!

Business leaders condemned moves by Brussels to seize control of VAT on thousands of everyday items.

It could send prices soaring – and even allow the EU to decide whether to slap VAT on essential foods and children’s clothes.

It’s worse!  The EU is calling for a carbon tax!  In a “idea” worthy of ICLEI, the EU wants to trample national sovereignty to allegedly enforce global warming quotas.

In a separate move, the EU Commission unveiled plans for an overhaul of energy tax. Options included introducing new taxes on carbon dioxide and fuel use to help the EU meet climate change targets by 2020. One measure would force EU states to set a tax of £18 per ton of carbon emissions for transport and heating fuel from 2013. It would be automatically linked to inflation.

Under proposals to deter the use of high-carbon vehicles, a litre of diesel would be taxed at eight per cent more than a litre of petrol.

This is outrageous and UKIP leader Nigel Farage said so:

The British people will continue to be subject to stupidity like this until we vote to withdraw from the EU

Farage is right.  I am afraid to say, the Blue Book Tories need to find a new party:  UKIP.  Just remember that the EU is not our friend here in American, either.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Anne says:

    I cannot and have not found any proposed EU legislation regarding UK Children’s Clothes nor any proposal for VAT on UK Food. So, where is it?

  2. Anne: Thanks for coming by and reading!

    Try this quote from this article:

    They want a Europe-wide sales tax of one percent levied directly by the EU as well as a 20-euro-per-tonne tax on carbon emissions and taxes on stock exchange and bond transactions.

    Thanks again, Sandy


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