Some contributors have written in to say they think the answer to the prisoners’ votes issue is for the UK to pull out of the Convention and settle its own ideas in Parliament. The piece I wrote did not express my view, but sought to say what I think the government will do, and what Parliament might then do. I often use this site to provide commentary and forecasts. Sometimes I give my own personal view, but I think the site needs to do more than that to make it a wide ranging forum. Contributors should know by now that I do think Parliament should make these decisions, but that does not mean it is about to happen in the pure way many would like.
Some have written in to say the west has been hypocritical in welcoming the success of people power in Egypt when the west has in the past supported the old regime, and still supports other regimes in the Middle East that are far from democratic. Western countries do not think they should be trying to topple all undemocratic regimes. They accept the need to get on with a variety of different styles and types of government, and to usually leave how a country is governed to the people who live in that country. There is nothing hypocritical about welcoming changes to governments that go in the direction we favour, without having worked to bring that about.