Power without responsibility

29 October, 2007

Have to say I was a bit surprised to learn that we allow expats to vote in the UK for 15 years after they have left. Personally I don’t think there is a case beyond 5 years. If you don’t live here, don’t pay tax here and aren’t going to be effected by the result of your vote then why should you have one?

PS My opinion on this hasn’t been altered at all by the dismal prospect of allowing a certain Czech rightwinger the chance to vote in a tory government and escape the consequences. No not at all.

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3 Responses to “Power without responsibility”

  1. Praguetory said

    This must be a birthday post from you. Nice to see you’re in favour of disenfranchisement.

  2. Jon Worth said

    Good to draw attention to the problem, but what are we supposed to do about it? If you’re an Italian expat you get votes for life, wherever you live.

    On the other hand were I to move to Germany it would be next to impossible to get citizenship and without that I would not be able to vote in German general elections. If I lived there 20 years I would be entirely disenfranchised.

    At least across the EU a residency-based entitlement to vote in general elections should be introduced. Keep your British (or whatever other EU passport) but vote where you’re living.

  3. parburypolitica said

    At least across the EU a residency-based entitlement to vote in general elections should be introduced. Keep your British (or whatever other EU passport) but vote where you’re living.

    Agreed.

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