Why shouldn't prisoners be allowed to vote? Unless a person's citizenship is stripped, they should always retain the right to vote.
To be clear, I'm aware that the US has the same laws, but I've always felt them antithetical to a free and democratic society.
This is especially true in a world where no citizen can be aware of all of the laws and in many cases the laws actually conflict.
Well our elected parliament has decide they shouldn't.
Seems to me that elected representatives should make the law not judges.
Prisoners voting in the UK also poses specific problems as we vote in relatively small constituencies and some of our prisons are very large. You might end up giving prisoners a disproportionate amount of influence if they were in a swing seat.
We also send far fewer people to prison than the USA so the ones that are in there are almost certainly toerags.
He was arrested and held for 6 months then allowed to go free by the UK government.
UK fatal stabbings 270
UK fatal shootings 53
USA fatal stabbings 1,897
USA fatal shootings 9,484
Seems like the UK stabbing rate is quite a bit lower than the USA even though we are really frustrated by not being able to shoot one another.
I expect it will surprise his teacher.
Imagine being able to watch you whole life, it could cause massive mental problems.
How would you ever get over a broken heart if you could replay all of your happiest moments alongside the mistakes you'd made.
Recording our lives is just asking for a tsunami of unforeseen consequences.
Gun nuts are like tweeny boys waiting for their bits to grow.
The idea that there are only two civilisations in the universe is far less likely than there being just one in my opinion.
Also, although it is probably unwise to extrapolate too much from ourselves, any civilisation is likely to be made up of beings that either evolved via natural selection, or were designed by beings that evolved. As such they are likely to have a sense of morality, as we do, and to be interested in the welfare of other creatures, as we are.
I don't think a civilisation that could mine stars would just hide from everyone else.
I'm British and we are (mostly) pretty ashamed of the way we bombed German cities.
I can understand how we ended up doing it but that doesn't excuse it.
It's supposed to be a justice system, and that fine is clearly unjust.
If you look at scientific scholars you will find a diverse array of religious beliefs
Strictly speaking that is true. However scientists are much more likely to have no religious belief than their native population.
Even in the USA, that weird outlier of religiosity amongst the developed world, only about a third of scientists claim to have any religious beliefs.
We haven't forgot 1812
I've noticed that. Hardly anyone in the UK has heard of that war.
I think it's because we were still in the middle of a much bigger war with the Frogs when it happened.
Also, you have to consider what good things you could do with the money.
The hundreds of thousands of dollars you airily dismiss could have done a lot of good.
The second amendment to the US constitution seems destined to cause huge problems in my opinion. Cheap weapons / guns are going to be designed that can take out an entire room with the press of a single trigger. Will these be allowed? If not why not?
Setting down your position in stone is always going to be caught out by changes in technology, society and so on.
Part of me wants a constitutional right to Free Speech here in the UK, but in practice we do ok with a tradition of Free Speech that informs our current lawmakers. I admit some of our more egregious laws to do with hate speech are an abomination but I suspect they'll be repealed should they ever be shown to genuinely curtail proper debate of issues.
Any kind of set in stone right is bound to butt up against another supposed right, a constitution just causes paralysis.
Of course I may be wrong, the USA is doing pretty well although coming from an Old World country I'd have to say that it's still early days for the US.