Arthur Taylor comments (via e-mail proxy) on my blog post on the striking down of his Helensville electoral petition.
In furtherance of freedom of expression , I hope you’ll post my following comments on the Judgement in the Helensville electoral petition case . It was the subject of comments on your blog on 17 April .
As the Court said in paras. 9, 55, 65 , 83 , 88, 91 & 92 , it decided I did not have standing as a “did not reside in helensville for electoral purposes” , so it did not go on to consider the merits of the case . However , it noted at para 92 that most of the matters were “under active consideration elsewhere” . So JK is by no means out of the woods . This is definitely not an exoneration of him or the lawfulness of the prisoner voting ban .
My case was entirely funded by me . Not a cent of taxpayer’s money . I even put up security for costs prior to the case .
While the case was primarily to protect prisoners’ voting rights , it was to protect democracy in general that I took the case . (In Court , I made the point that if prisoners votes could be removed in this way , what was there to stop anyone’s right to vote being removed by a temporary Parliamentary majority ?
Prisoners are liable to exactly the same taxes as anyone else . I pay considerable taxes myself .
I thought the rallying cry for all Tories was “No taxation without representation” !
I have never asked for all prisoners to have the right to vote – only for those yet to be convicted ( remands ) and for those who have completed the punishment or deterrent part of their sentences . See para 73 of the Decision . Correspondents of yours such as David Garrett know full well that even though I may not prevail in a case , the Court invariably notes the proceedings were not vexatious , that is they were well founded.
Do you think the “politburo” and bureaucratic mandarins , who I take on , haven’t had their microscopes out looking for grounds for such an application ?
For the edification of some of your commenters , I have always earned far more legally than illegally – a point on which even the Police agree . There are a lot of people in prison who would earn very high incomes if they were allowed and encouraged in that direction . That is society’s loss , too .
I’m always happy to publish a right of reply.
Also happy to see Mr Taylor pays taxes on his income. I would note that I suspect the cost of his imprisonment probably consumes more tax money than he pays!