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Democracy, The Constitution, Unit 1, Unit 2

It’s all in the wording

Referendums are viewed by some a twenty first century incarnation of direct democracy that will halt the participation crisis, by others they are the tool of dictators. What most people on either side of the argument agree on is that the wording of the question is imperative to achieving a fair and democratic result.

This short post from the New Statesman Blog highlights Alistair Darling’s concerns about the question and would provide an excellent example for a question about the pros and cons of referendums in Unit 1.

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/01/loaded-question-salmond

 

 

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