Friday, 12 October 2007

The Law is too complex for the electorate to decide!

This is a possible argument against referendum which I disagree with on several grounds:

  1. In Interactive Democracy parliament will draft the law to ensure that it functions correctly
  2. Complex issues can usually be explained in simple terms
  3. Respected members of parliament will express their opinions to the public who may trust their judgement should they be unable to decide themselves. In short: there's still a role for leadership
  4. Laws should be simple if the public are expected to comply with them
  5. The public are already expected to vote in a general election which requires a judgement to be made on an incredibly complex, multi-faceted decision involving personalities, a range of policies and perhaps tactical voting. Voting on a single issue in ID is relatively straightforward in comparison

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