Nigel Farage has today, 8th February, raised in Brussels something that I have queried in the past, namely that Article 6.2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU) quite clearly states that the European Union shall accede to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Principles - although this still remains to be completed.
Of course, if MPs are to be allowed a free vote on the subject of 'votes for prisoners' (and there has not been a little 'behind the scenes' flagellation of Conservative MPs) and subsequently do vote against the ECHR ruling, then, as Nigel Farage states, the next democratic stage of the process must be a referendum of the people.
Unfortunately I don't believe Cameron's handbook on "Democratic Dictatorship" has a chapter entitled "Democratic Process"!
Digressing - as is my wont - I was intrigued by this article in the Guardian. Setting to one side that UKIP may be in receipt of an early Christmas 'cracker' in the form of increased funding, one wonders whether the "high-profile defector" from another party will actually be what is promised. If this were so, might it also be the 'opening of the floodgates'? Carswell and Hannan, you know how you politicians love to 'jump on a bandwagon'................Well?