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1248821.  Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:32 pm Reply with quote

Did you know that the words ' plebiscite' and 'referendum' are not synonymous?

A plebiscite merely refers to the actual vote itself whereas 'referendum' has a more nuanced meaning viz. the referringof certain important questions to the electorate in order that a plebiscite may be held.

Source: The Concise Oxford Dictionary

1248844.  Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:31 pm Reply with quote


Plebs vote in plebiscites, yes?

1248855.  Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:08 am Reply with quote

I still don't understand why that plesbiscite was skipped. It was just supposed to be an excercise to gauge the public's (un)informed view/preference, wasn't it? Why was the result suddenly elevated to the status of mandate?
Apologies if this already has been explained to death - I must have missed it. Feel free to post a link to the appropriate post.

1249084.  Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:24 pm Reply with quote

I must have missed it, also (assuming you're referring to Brexit, yes?)

The result of the Brexit referendum would have given Cameron that much more leverage to get the EU to change its ways - become more democratic, modify free-movement rules (perhaps along the lines of Blair's recent suggestions). Few Remainers think the EU doesn't need to evolve and change to something better.


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