I don't know why people are up in arms about UK prisoners being allowed to vote. I think it's a great idea.
Why not? Politicians can promise them the earth, and once the election's over, reveal their true colours and dash all those hopes on the rocks of "political reality".
I remember the crushing disappointment of voting for the Lib Dems, and then seeing Nick Clegg turn around and embrace everything I'd just voted against. Why should convicted criminals be denied that feeling of inadequacy and helplessness?