With a single word yesterday, David Cameron seized an opportunity that could work wonders to restore his battered fortunes. That word was: ‘Yes.’ He had been asked if he would give an undertaking not to succumb to the diktat from the European Court of Human Rights, demanding that prisoners should be given the right to vote. Further, would he stand up for the sovereignty of Parliament and the British people by upholding the huge Commons vote in support of the blanket ban?
Test: The Prime Minister must now prove that he will stand up for the sovereignty of Parliament
Mr Cameron replied: ‘Well, the short answer to that is yes.’ Now his real test begins. For he must prove he meant it. So, there can be no compromise with the court – no clever-Dick move to satisfy the letter of its ruling by giving the vote to the barest minimum of prisoners. After all, other countries routinely defy Strasbourg’s rulings. Why not Britain?