This is a simple and effective use of YouTube in campaigning. Posting this is in no way supporting Salma Yaqoob's candidacy in Birmingham Hall Green. In a parallel universe I think Salma would have made a great Labour activist, councillor and who knows PC. But that was not to be. Over wars that I myself opposed vehemently she is now an electoral opponent.
LOL would like to see Roger Godsiff hold this seat for Labour. He has been an idiot with an outrageous flier-nasty on Votes For Prisoners. But he's our idiot. He's no Dr Lynne Jones, and she is not effusive in her support for her would be successor, but if he wins this will be one more Labour seat holding back the blue and yellow floodgates. And Godsiff can be rehabilitated into decent society. Isn't that the point!! Vote Godsiff X. Is all.
I agree with Cllr Bob Piper Votes for Prisoners is a controversial cause. It is an easy dog whistle as it conjures up images of Ian Huntley and Peter Sutcliffe at the ballot box, not to mention enlightened EU law shining into some of the dark crevices of our sometimes more benighted (and often old and decrepit) law. EU interference! Are you thinking what I'm thinking © SameOldTories. Votes for Prisoners is however a cause which I personally support.
Even if it could mean a small proportion of prisoners guilty of extremely nasty crimes being eligible to vote, it would far more importantly allow voting by the multitude of less serious offenders. Their links to society should be maintained and nurtured if they are to "belong" and be successfully rehabilitated. And even some of the worst offenders can, evidence shows us, be rehabilitated. John Hirst, former lifer, is repeatedly stuffing the Government on this very issue.
As the law is supposed to say, the only prisoners whose voting rights should be taken from them are those guilty of election offences. Wasn't that Eric Pickles out campaigning with some of those only recently? UPDATE 11:52: at the link the Tory candidate calls Eric "the Minister" but indicates that Tory "public meetings" exclude anyone who might speak out.
Incidentally, when I tweeted early doors condemning this vile leaflet I had a Tory tweeter, and local government candidate in Liverpool, position on Votes For Prisoners unknown, and barrack room lawyer, not only smearing Labour as a whole for Godsiff's schoolboy error, but also calling me names as Labour had he claimed condemned the generic loveliness (not) of Tory campaigning.
Keep it Clean, Roger, Keep it Clean. And yes, You Tories, do Keep it Clean now won't you?
FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT: Clearly this is a Labour supporting blog. But although I'm a local government candidate I'm not using this blog to support my candidacy. It's satire and irreverence as usual. But in the generality I'm of course supporting all Labour candidates at all levels, and where we cannot possibly win reserve the right to support others against the Conservatives. But ABOVE ALL this is my personal blog and what I say here is my personal opinion and not that of Labour of any other body to which I am affiliated or with which I am associated in any way. Which goes for my tweets also.