Misrepresentation for purpose: an examination of euroscepticism in Britain since the 2005 ECtHR ruling onthe "prisoner's right to vote"

Mcmullin, Tanya Alaine (2012) Misrepresentation for purpose: an examination of euroscepticism in Britain since the 2005 ECtHR ruling onthe "prisoner's right to vote". BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    In 2005, the European Court of Human Rights judged that the United Kingdom was in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights, to which it is a signatory. The case of Hirst v The United Kingdom, otherwise known as the ―Prisoner‘s Right to Vote‖, determined that the UK must amend domestic law, by removing the ‗blanket ban‘ on prisoner disenfranchisement, in order to comply. The consequential debate on the topic has thus questioned Britain‘s commitment to the Convention and involvement in other European-wide bodies. This thesis focuses on the emergence of Euroscepticism, defined as the opposition to European integration, within Britain. Using the controversial ruling as a case study, this paper demonstrates the presence of Eurosceptic attitudes found in the public, media and government in Britain which have since been exacerbated. An analytical methodology will be used to examine the Hirst case study in light of historical literature and theories. This will provide a rounded discussion regarding British attitudes to Europe, and in particular the ECtHR, in 2011. The argument pursued is that the emerging discourse is misinformed but persuasive in tone, responsible for fuelling further Euroscepticism within the British public. It is supported through an examination of theories on Euroscepticism where the issues of nationalism and sovereignty are key. There is a critical analysis of the ECtHR judgement and its implications for the domestic polity of the United Kingdom. A particular emphasis is put on analysing the resulting discourse by the media, and by key actors in the British government, in order to validate the argument that misinformation is rife and in this instance further stimulates Euroscepticism within Britain.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 14:10
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/9544

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