A report 'In Brief' appears in the print edition of today's Daily Telegraph, headed 'A referendum every year will revive politics'. It reports that a commission on parliamentary reform is being chaired by Tony Wright, who - at a fringe meeting - has stated that regular referenda could reanimate public interest in politics and address the "profound anti-politics mood" in the wake of MPs' expenses scandal. This idea has been 'backed' by James Purnell, whose caveat was whether it was a wise move to hold such referenda on election days.
Just who the hell do MPs think they are, deigning to allow us the electorate a vote on any matter? Following last night's 'Dispatches' on Channel 4, perhaps MPs and Peers need to completely get their own Houses in order before they start deciding what they will 'allow' us, the electorate, to do. The sooner Messrs Wright and Purnell read 'The Plan' and adopt its suggestions the sooner this country will have a form of democracy that fulfills the meaning of the word.
I, for one, am utterly speechless at the effrontery of MPs and the likes of Wright and Purnell!
Perhaps the likes of us who advocate the use of lamp posts and hemp, come the revolution, are being too kind!