Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by retrofit, Nov 20, 2016.
One adult one vote. Repeat as required.
I thought that was what had happened in the Brexit Referendum!
Please not that in my previous post I did say "Those who cared enough to vote"!
Would that be the one we had in '75? By your argument that should have been the end of the matter. No need for another one.
To quote a wise man "democracy is the worst system of government, apart from all the rest".
As Dave implied: we voted to stay in 1975 so the last referundum is unnecessary and you should sit down and accept it.
Isn't this democracy stuff a bugger?
You might associate it with the far left, Geoff. I think most would associate it with totalitarian regimes - of ANY persuasion.
Each year 500 names were chosen from all the citizens of ancient Athens. Those 500 citizens had to actively serve in the government for one year. During that year, they were responsible for making new laws and controlled all parts of the political process. When a new law was proposed, all the citizens of Athens had the opportunity to vote on it. To vote, citizens had to attend the assembly on the day the vote took place. This form of government is called direct democracy.
In essence, democracy was introduced to stop an oligarchic rule.
It was to create a level playing field, where wealth and privilege played no part in the system of Government and law making.
I am referring to the referendum to vote on if the UK should remain a member of the UK. It was put to the public to decide if we should remain members of the EU, the result showed that the majority did not wish to remain members of the EU. If you want to bring the '75 referendum in then on your very same reasoning we should not have needed any general elections since the first general Election in since a government was elected in the first General Election in 1708!
Speaking as someone who could potentially lose his job, his career and his house to Brexit (luckily I don't have a job that's important to the nation like picking lettuce, I just work to create the next generation of medicines), I really don't give a flying one what the result was, I'm going to fight for my living with tooth and nail.
You have a point there.
Actually, we didn't. In 1975 we voted to join, prior to that we weren't members of the Common Market. As I remember it the French didn't want us.
Perhaps you should edit the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975_United_Kingdom_European_Communities_membership_referendum which says...
The free males. Not women, not slaves, not (probably) several other groups. Think Tory party (apart from women these days).
"Those Greeks really knew how to keep the untermenschen in their place" A.H. of 25 Railway Cuttings, Berchtesgarten.
[pedantry alert] It was No. 23, Andrew.
are you confusing AAStJH with AH....or is it just me?
The address was changed to protect the innocent...
Cruise missiles aren't THAT accurate...
I dunno, David - AAStJH was at No.23.
Whom do you mean by AH... plain Anthony (Tony) Hancock? Alan Hansen? Audrey Hepburn?
Separate names with a comma.