Giving prisoners detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure the right to vote is set to be introduced by the Coalition Government due to verdicts in the European Courts of Justice.
The inmate constituency throughout Britain is around 100,000 people and it is quite possible that an election could be decisively swayed by the Prisoner Vote.
Old lags fear this may lead to another Hung Parliament, which would be an unfortunate result for them.
But some Tories, never keen on anything European, see this development as an outrage. 'Why should someone who has nicked the family silver be able to vote for the party that sold off the family silver?' asked one.
Several M.P.'s are aghast at the thought of embezzelers and thieves being given the right to vote. 'This will give Parliament a bad name' claimed one M.P. sitting in her third home, paid for by tax payers.
Prisoners generally have great respect for Parliament. 'These are the successful ones' said a prisoner in Wormwood Scrubs 'we want to follow their example and get away with it. We admire success when we see it.'
Those prisoners refusing to register to vote will be fined and if they do not pay the fine they will be sent to....um...jail, although they could always be lucky and get the 'Get of Jail Free' card in a game of Monopoly Capitalism.