A comment received on our blog from J A Bosworth sums up how some ex-service people without the right to vote consider this a breach of the spirit of the Military Covenant.
I have just watched the final ceremony at Wooton Bassett, where the town has today been granted Letters Patent designating it ‘Royal’ because of the respectful honour it accorded — during almost 4 years — to more than 350 dead service(wo)men returned to the UK through the town. The Princess Royal, Prime Minister and (new) Defence Secretary were present. Once again, expressions of praise, gratitude and remembrance were freely made.
How, then, can the government allow, let alone support, the disenfranchisement of retired military personnel simply because they now live abroad. There are both moral and democratic deficits in this situation, especially since the government is proud of having put the Military Covenant on a legal basis. How can it not see the blatant discrepancy?.
The people of Royal Wooton Bassett have shewn what they think of our armed forces. Are our politicians shewing what they think of them by denying their right to vote in their homeland?.
J. A. Bosworth