Referendum?

Why arent Referendums held for almost every important or national effecting law? Smoking in pubs for example. Surely this is what democracy is about? Rather than the government forcing it on us.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In case your other answerers were missing that day in school when you talked about government, WE DO NOT LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY!!!!! We live in a Republic (representative democracy) like ancient Rome without the Emperor. We elect Representatives to office and they make decisions for our welfare, if they do not act in our best interests, we vote them out of office.

    A referendum might be a good idea if our duly elected representatives really represented us. But look at your responses so far, the people don't even understand their own government. Do you really want their opinions on how things should be run? Do you really want these people to make your decisions?

  • Leah
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The government is made up of our elected officials. If you don't feel you have a say, then you are not living up to your civic responsibilities. Democracy is all about you electing your officials, then letting them know what you think is important so they can represent you accurately. If you don't tell them, the problem is with you not with them. They are not elected to read our minds. We need to tell them what is important to us.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    How naive.

    Never ask a question unless you can deal with the answer.

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