do the people think about vaccination passports, Channel crossing economic
immigrants, National Insurance increases to pay for social care, the potential
costs of Net Zero, voter ID and so much more besides?
The answer is that nobody really knows and our governments and politicians really don't care because the last thing they want is to have the inconvenience and hassle of having to carry out policies with which they basically disagree and would probably cause them grief from vocal minority groups.
If anyone needs reminding of the point I'm making you only have to reflect back to the whole Brexit saga that dragged on for years with a clear division between many politicians, the liberal elite and the majority in the country at large.
Our fourth demand, ‘The People's Consent', sets out three ways the people can let governments know their opinion through the holding of a referendum. The first requirement in all three cases is that enough people would need to sign a petition to initiate the referendum. Then the Electoral Commission would set a timetable and approve both campaign teams on either side of the debate. After the referendum the results would only be valid given a set turnout and a clear legitimate winner according to the rules agreed and set.
The first type of referendum can be initiated by the people on any issue and the results, if won, would only be advisory.
The second would enable the people to try and stop any piece of government legislation going through parliament and if successful that particular bill would fail to become law.
The third type of referendum would allow the people to raise objections to certain types of decisions by governments or official bodies, like appointed officials including ministers and judges.
This demand would prevent any government, once elected, from ignoring the people.
The people's views and opinions do matter but there are inbuilt safeguards in that the first type is only advisory and for all three the benchmarks must be met before a referendum is held and the results, to be recognised as a 'win', would have to have met certain criteria including turnout totals and winning margins.
A sovereign people have the right to be heard as well as actually stop government legislation.
For referendum sceptics I would add that not every person or group who sets out to get a referendum held will necessarily succeed in reaching the support required for it to take place. However, for those that do that would rather prove the point that the people clearly do want to have their say on the issue at hand. That is how real democracy should work.
Finally no other group, seeking reforms to our governance, comes anywhere close to advocating the detail contained in our fourth demand ‘The People’s Consent’.
democracy requires that the people’s views to be heard and where applicable acted upon.