The risky business of the referendum

The risky business of the referendum

"Power to the people!"
Oh, I see.
Well OK, not too much power then.
Across the world, political establishments are relearning an old lesson about the risky business of running a referendum.
A single-issue question, asked of angry disillusioned voters in an age of political rebellion, is always likely to produce some unexpected results.
Brexit in the UK was obviously one. The then Prime Minister David Cameron was convinced he had it in the bag - and look what happened to him.
And just last week the Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos asked the people if they approved of peace.... read more

8 October 2016 in World News, Views: 40
Source: BBC

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