Referendum

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Referendum

 

 

noun

noun: referendum; plural noun: referenda; plural noun: referendums

  1. a general vote by the electorate on a single political question which has been referred to them for a direct decision.

synonyms:

public vote, plebiscite, popular vote, ballot, poll

"he called for a referendum on the death penalty"

 

 

A referendum seems to be held when governments feel that their making a direct decision might be controversial. Rather than go ahead and make it themselves, they divide in to groups, some supporting one outcome, others the opposite. Information and biased reports are supplied in abundance, and the voting population is told to go and pick which option they would prefer.

There have been quite a few held in Ireland recently, one on abortion, and one just last week on changes to the divorce laws. The Nice Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty both had second referendums when the decision of the first was considered to be detrimental. By holding a second vote there is plenty of option for manipulation of information, for the use of scare tactics; and the whole process of holding a second referendum seems to negate the very holding of one in the first place.

You will not find any second referendums being held when the results follow the governments line of thinking. It is only when the results are unexpected, fly in the face of the established political thought that the idea arises.

Now, on to Brexit. There is so much talk about a second referendum being held; after all, when the first one was held it was inconceivable to politicians that the population of Britain would vote to leave the EU. They were wrong, but it was close.

I don’t support Brexit, but I do not support a second referendum either. The government asked people what they wanted and they got their answer – a severe kick in the teeth to the establishment.

The closeness of the vote makes it even more important in my view that a second vote should not be held. It would be totally divisive, unless, of course, the intent is to cause extensive civil unrest.

The government can claim that the voters did not fully understand the consequences of their vote. Well, the fault of that lies squarely at the government’s feet, for it was their duty to spell out the consequences both good and bad before the referendum was held. To back out, to try to swing opinion, is in no way governing for the people, but instructing them to ‘listen to reason from those that know better’.

Brexit is a mess. It is going to continue to be a mess and David Cameron has a lot to answer for. If the clocks could be turned back and no referendum had been held then me along with so many others would be glad to see the back of it. They can’t though; the referendum was held, the population voted to leave the EU and now the government has a responsibility to deliver on that promise one way or another.


Submitted: May 28, 2019

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Mike S.

It seems that most votes are divisive these days--excellent, Hull!

Tue, May 28th, 2019 6:22pm

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Thanks, Mike.

Tue, May 28th, 2019 11:40am

Sue Harris

A good, balanced view, Hully. David Cameron jumped ship the minute the s!!t hit the fan. Not for one second did he expect the outcome, otherwise he would never have put it to the public vote. How stupid some of these politicians are with their flawed perceptions, its all about chasing their own agendas. As you say, a second referendum is to pursue the result they intended to get in first place, never the other way around.. and they call it a democracy, it beggars belief. I seriously wish the country had never been given the vote in the first place. It was like the old saying of setting the cat amongst the pigeons, and boy has it done that. Teresa May's pathetic negotiations ended with a proposed agreement that would have been far worse than staying in as a fully fledged member. Goodness only knows where this monumental political circus will end, the consequences are unthinkable. Milk shake bombs .. whatever next!

Tue, May 28th, 2019 8:27pm

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Over here they had a referendum not so long ago, I'm not sure which treaty it was on, but the results went the opposite way to what they wanted. There followed so many scares, threats of doom, and finally another vote. And it worked for the politicians -- they got what they wanted, but it made a whole joke of the referendum process.
I hate the idea of Brexit, for personal reasons as much as anything else, but I do not believe that they should put it to a second vote. Doing that, after all this time and all the government failures is an insult to the population at large. Cameron took a gamble -- he lost -- and now some kind of resolution will have to be found.

Tue, May 28th, 2019 1:39pm

AdamCarlton

What do they say? Politics is war by other means? All's fair in love and war? :)

Tue, May 28th, 2019 9:11pm

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I guess there's a lot of truth in those words, Adam.

Tue, May 28th, 2019 2:38pm

moa rider

I've watched the crisis from afar Mama Hullabaloo. I have no opinion on having a rerun, but for the original vote, discounting and hanky panky (which seems to have happened) not enough young voted. My generation would have voted because of old memories and so saw their chance. It probably suits politicians if the voter turnout is poor otherwise they would have found ways to encourage everyone to vote. Usianguke

Wed, May 29th, 2019 3:58am

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Yeah, I just think, from experience over here, that if a referendum delivers an unwanted outcome the politicians go to work on 'Project Fear' and hold another to get their own way. I was not in favor of Brexit, but that is what the referendum came out in favor of. The whole point is to give people the choice over something government was not prepared to decide -- the responsibility then is to stick with the outcome and not to try to manipulate a change.
Thanks for reading, Moa.

Wed, May 29th, 2019 12:57am

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