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Tech-Mod-Smelgar Miporphyrogenetos: The only country in which non-constituational referenda work is Switzerland and that is because the Swiss take such things much moire seriously than any other nation
Tech-Mod-Smelgar Miporphyrogenetos: As his predecessor Thatcher once said: "referendums are the favoured tool of dictators and demagogues" and he would have been wise to pay attention
Tech-Mod-Smelgar Miporphyrogenetos: And so the Prime Minister-who is elected to make decisions but failed to lead his party one way or the other-decided to create a referendum to do what he could not
Tech-Mod-Smelgar Miporphyrogenetos: Moreover, referenda (and constitutional amandements in the US) are not put for improper purposes (US state measures often are, of course). In this case the Conservative party was unable to sort out its internal position
Tech-Mod-Smelgar Miporphyrogenetos: So for example In Australia referenda must obtain a majoirty of votes in a majority of states; a condition which would have cuased the recent referendum to fail
Tech-Mod-Smelgar Miporphyrogenetos: @Henri, Alar - actually representative democracies have "checks and balances" (to use the American term); designed to prevent mob rule.
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