Sunday, 30 September 2007

Easy Voting, Facile Laws?

If laws are created by referendum, do they need to be simplified for a mass audience (the proposed referendum on the new EU Reform Treaty springs to mind)? However, I suspect that the most complex laws can be explained in relatively simple terms by experts and politicians, answering simple questions that voters ask:

  1. What's in it for me?
  2. What will it cost me?
  3. Who does it benefit?
  4. Is it fair and moral?
  5. Does it fit with my view of the world?

Of course, some issues are far simpler than EU Reform: Can we smoke in public places? Should we ban fox hunting?

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