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    All this talk about wanting a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty has got me thinking. When is a referendum appropriate?

    Personally, I'd say referenda should be held on really big issues that the public can easily make a relatively informed or principled decision on. So something like the Monarchy, or membership as a whole of the EU.

    They shouldn't be held on things that are very technical or subsidiary to something else. So we shouldn't have a referendum on the EU treaty (but rather, if one's required, on the EU as a whole), nor on whether Prince William or Prince Harry should be King (but rather on whether we should have a monarchy at all)...

    What do you think? When are Referenda appropriate?
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    Never, please.

    Anyway, they're never used for any consistent or logical purpose, they're simply a party political tool.
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    (Original post by L i b)
    Never, please.

    Anyway, they're never used for any consistent or logical purpose, they're simply a party political tool.
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