This evening, the Hansard Society organised a seminar on referendums. There was a panel comprising Professor Vernon Bogdanor, the journalist Steve Richards, and me – standing in for Peter Riddell, the Society’s chair, who was unable to attend.
It was a well attended meeting. Vernon Bogdanor put the case for referendums, though seeing little merit in Thursday’s referendum. Steve Richards argued the case against referendums. Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that I weighed in on Steve Richards’ side and argued against the use of referendums. Some of the arguments I have rehearsed in earlier posts. Rather than take up undue space here summarising my arguments, anyone interested can read them here.
I said in opening that if most of the audience agreed with me I would do a post saying what an intelligent audience we had. Suffice to say that most turned out to be woolly-minded liberals.