Monday, 24 June 2013

Should Judges Take Away Electorates' Rights by Banning Candidates Found Guilty of Crimes

Exclusion from public office in perpetuity seems a bit hard, and not just on Silvio Berlusconi.  It's one thing to strip  convicted criminals of their right to vote while serving their sentences, and the European Court  says we are not to.  It's quite another to  strip away such civil rights in perpetuity.

And entirely another to strip electorates of the leadership and the possibility of returning to office a popular leader playing a charismatic role in the leadership of a political party. 

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