Learnings from Brexit?

September 10, 2016

 

There is a growing diss- interest in politics and voting in elections in the UK, coupled with a lack of trust in politicians generally. But has the EU referendum shown us a way to re-engage  people in the process? Having given the UK public a real choice where their vote would actually count in the result, they whole heartedly engaged with the process. Compare this with the UK first past the post election process, where most people's individual vote will make no difference, people disengage. The reason for this could be that the leading parties benefit from the system as it precludes any small party contenders ever getting a foothold. Great for politicians but bad for voters?


The technology now exists so referendum style votes could be carried out easily and cheaply, so is this the way forward or will politicians feel too threatened by the process?

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