Very well known Exeweb poster
- May 9, 2010
- Touring Central Java...
My question is simply "are we a parliamentary democracy or not?". What is the point of electing representatives if they are not capable of deciding on vital issues?Adding to this, the Fixed Term Parliaments Act was hugely important constitutionally, no referendum there though. The introduction of secret courts and civil partnerships and gay marriage were significant, too.
Referendums on anything are generally a bad idea. A referendum on a complex issue with a badly-set question where even three years after the biggest supporters still don't understand the basics are an even worse idea. It's genuinely shocking how often people need to be corrected about very basic EU legal principles.
It is not good enough to say "we can't decide so we must pass the buck to the people".
We can't pick and choose what decisions should be made by the people. If Parliament can't do its job it must be scrapped. If it can, we don't need referendums. If we have referendums, it has to be on every issue which can effect people's lives, not just a select few issues.
One system or another, please.