UK Votes for Expats

Today’s Sunday Times front page suggests that Thursday’s UK Budget includes plans to give UK citizens living abroad the right to vote regardless of 15 years absence. The piece focusses on Mick Jagger and other rich-list people living in tax havens, but it does grudgingly add that us mere mortals will benefit too. It counters objections by adding that we have ties to the UK and receive UK state pensions so are interested in how the country is run. It also suggests that we would all vote Tory, suggesting this is the real reason for the change. I saw this on the BBC News web page and had to peer very closely at the screen to read it, but if it is correct this is good news.