No apologies for this follow up post to that below; this subject is actually far more important than those with which the MSM are filling their front pages today. In the comments to the Telegraph piece, 'Septimus Brope' writes;
Rabble-rousing, populism and government by opinion poll.
That's referenda for you, the haunt of dictators and demagogues throughout the ages: they have absolutely no place in a Parliamentary democracy. To hell with them.
Tell me this, by what particular mystical mechanism is the average man on the street able to decipher the several hundred pages of the Lisbon Accord , for example, and to form a considered opinion as to the detail, never mind the nuances, of its contents?
What are you suggesting; that we ask this nation of couch-potatoes, immigrants, illiterates and the educationally sub-normal to press a red or blue button to decide upon the great matters of state?
Are you kidding me? (my italics)
For a start, every person is in exactly the same position as MPs in their ability to access, read and decipher documents such as the Lisbon accord. A few non-MPs such as Richard North will even have a better idea than almost any MP of the meaning and implications. Indeed, MPs are so weighed down with selfish personal appeals from constituents against the State's rationing decisions that they will have less time to consider the issues than many of their voters. And are we to exclude 'couch-potatoes, immigrants, illiterates and the educationally sub-normal' from voting, as Fabians past would dearly love to have done?