A failure of voters, not democracy; time to grow up

EPA / JUSTIN LANE

A voter exits a voting booth after casting a ballot in the presidential primary in Hancock, New Hampshire, USA, 09 February 2016.

A failure of voters, not democracy; time to grow up


In the era of representative democracy, citizens have become aloof and complacent about their political responsibilities towards society.

Some are using the historical UK referendum to leave the European Union as an example of the failings of democracy; saying that a decision that impacts the future of the country for generations to come should not be a simple majority vote.

For leaders in government to call a referendum, it is usually (not talking of Switzerland) a choice of last resort; ...


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