This is how AskOxford.com defines it:
– noun 1. words that make no sense 2. foolish or unacceptable behaviour 3. an absurd or unthinkable scheme, situation, etc.
But today, the European Court of Human Rights came up with a new interpretation by decreeing that the UK law that excludes prisoners from voting is, yes, you guessed it: a breach of their human rights.
Now I’m not someone who believes prisoners have it easy, that prison is more like a hotel: cable television in every cell, three course breakfasts, king sized mattresses with Egyptian cotton bedding, etc. I don’t doubt that it’s a dreadful, soul destroying experience where, if you’re not bored out of your mind from being locked in a cell for 23 hours a day, you’re worried about becoming Mr. Big’s new “wife”. But it seems to me that while they are serving their sentence, repaying their debt to society, whatever you want to call it, they should also be excluded from the benefits of being part of that society. Voting is one of those privileges. Why should someone who has committed a crime have a say in how society functions in the meantime? When they’ve been released, yes, absolutely they can have their vote back but while they’re in prison? No. It defies sense. It’s the sort of frilly proposition you’d see raised and carried at a Liberal Democrat convention. “Oh, those poor prisoners, serving their time and they don’t have political representation.” Well, you make your own choices don’t you?
How long before the European Court of Human Rights decides that being kept in prison violates the rights of prisoners, so they should all be released? And what should we do if somebody is in prison for vote-rigging?
Anyway. Enough of this brief Daily Mail-esque interlude.