Denis MacShane has an article on ePolitix in which he suggests that it is time the holding of referendums be banned.
Just what planet is this man on? Writing that "we don't 'do' dictators", just what does MacShane consider the system of democratised dictatorship that we have had for the last few decades has been? Citing the 1975 referendum on EU membership, MacShane obviously believes that once a decision is taken, it is then 'cast in stone' never to be changed. He also shows a lack of knowledge when writing that "Like the United States, Anglosphere democracy has always been wary of populist referendums to settle decisions that affect every citizen, which should be decided by Congress or the Commons." - just what the hell are citizens initiatives held in the United States if they are not referenda? In also writing that "a law banning plebiscites might seem antidemocratic, but would be the first step to making the Commons the place where the nation’s decisions are debated and decided." it might just be possible to acknowledge such a step as reasonable if the occupants of the Commons actually listened to the people. Even if they did, there would still be a place for referenda. In this context Denis Macshane is one politician who would do well to remind himself of the 7 principles of public office!
As we are discussing authoritarian politicians, this latest statement from the European Commission is a classic example of 'Orwellian Politic Speak'. How on earth can the EU Commission state they are proposing "a set of measures to address more vigorously the serious harm corruption causes to European societies – economically, socially and politically." when the entire existence of the European Union is built on the corruption of the abrogation of hundreds of years of democracy, where the United Kingdom is concerned, in all three areas they mention.
It is no wonder that MacShane is such an advocate for EU membership!