Nobody, least of all the BBC, seems to know the significance of this story. The BBC reports:
Legal action is being considered which could stop the Scottish Parliamentary elections from taking place because prisoners are excluded from voting.
It follows a ruling at the Court of Session in Edinburgh that the elections would be incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
The UK Government had set up a consultation process following a European Court ruling in 2005.
But legislation would not be introduced before Scotland's May elections.
It is understood that a number of prisoners are already undertaking legal action to prevent the poll from taking place.
Three judges at Scotland's supreme civil court issued a declaration that the blanket ban on
convicted prisoners voting is incompatible with their human rights...
Could further legal action really prevent the elections from going ahead? But if they do go ahead, there must be a risk that they will be declared non-compliant with the ECHR, but I do not know if this means that they would be declared invalid and have to be re-run. Or will the Scotland Office pull its finger out and rush legislation through Westminster to allow (some) prisoners the vote? Could they do it in time for the prisoners to be placed on the electoral roll? And did nobody foresee that this might happen or did the solicitors in the Scotland Office just close their eyes, cross their fingers and hope it wouldn't?
So many questions and no answers...