Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Politics For Beginners

This is written just for those people who have claimed that tomorrow's general election is a 'referendum' on Iraq. Or on the Health Service. Or on education, or the police, or immigration, or anything else. There were people, for example, saying this on the radio earlier today.

Get this into your heads.

An election is not a referendum. That's it. No questions. An election is about choosing representatives, who will then form a government, and enact pledges written in a manifesto. A referendum is a single issue question put to the electorate. If you can't tell the difference between them, please stop commenting on politics.

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