I saw something on telly news early this morning about the government encouraging ex-pat Brits abroad to register and vote, especially in the European elections next year and the general election in 2015.
Now, if you've chosen to go live abroad, I just don't get how you have a right to vote in Britain. We don't have an MP for Marbella sitting in Westminster so why do ex-pats who live their with no UK address get a vote?
Is it just me or is this absurd? It's about as absurd as Sean Connery campaigning for Scottish independence while having not lived there for many decades.
The only Brits living abroad who should get to vote are those sent abroad to work by the state, e.g. armed forces, embassies and the like, and their families. I think the boundary line for everyone else living abroad should be tax status, if you're registered as "UK resident" then you get to vote, if not then you don't.