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Arguments for and against the use of referendum

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Arguments for and against the use of referendum A referendum can be defined most simply as a vote on a single issue. They can arise within representative democracies when important issues need to be resolved. Although we vote for a party, we do not necessarily agree with all of their policies. Conversely, people that voted for the opposition may support some government policies. It is also probable that many people will be influenced by events after the election. Therefore, government's will sometimes, if they wish to, hold a referendum to see if the people support a major proposal. In Britain we have referendums to decide on who we want as our MP, MEP and councillors. Many people argue that we should have more referendums on issues such as Britain's membership of the EU or the war in Iraq. ...read more.


Referendums are the perfect way to keep people interested in politics. They also help to provide a definite answer, rather than a muddled opinion on what the people think that the government should do. Some people are against democracy. Churchill famously said 'The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter'. He has a good point because he is saying that the average Joe in Britain doesn't have a degree in politics like a number of politicians do, so why are they good enough to make a decision? Why let someone put a cross in a box because they have read about an issue maybe for maybe 2 minutes in a tabloid newspaper, when people have been thinking hard about a decision for a lot of time and they know possible consequences of decisions. ...read more.


To make questions understandable to the public, the writers have to use basic questions and answers, yes or no. Issues such as adopting the Euro can't be so simple as yes or no. The writer would have to put, for example, yes if interest rates do not exceed best performing countries by more than 2% as it says in Gordon Brown's 5 economic tests. Not many members of the public are going to have much idea what that means at all, and then you get a random box cross, which is pointless. In conclusion I would say that referendums aren't very good because the people aren't clever enough to make decisions, not everyone votes, the results can be pointless and the issues are oversimplified. Andrew D'cruz 12:8 ...read more.

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