This Friday is the deadline for the government to comply with the European court of human rights (ECHR) judgments on prisoner votes. It is being reported that a draft bill on the enfranchisement of prisoners will be outlined on Thursday. But instead of supporting a minimal change to the law, the government is hiding behind a parliament it knows very well is hostile to the idea of giving any additional prisoners the vote. The consequences of doing this extend far beyond Westminster.

© Guardian News & Media Ltd

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