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Referendums are great in theory. In practice they leave something to be desired

By Darren Hughes  

A supporter of the Yes to AV campaign flaunts his wares (Image: Tim Sheerman-Chase)

Last week the EU Referendum Bill passed by 304 votes to zero. While its future passage will no doubt be tortuous, it makes the prospect of another referendum being held before too long that much more likely. With the Alternative Vote poll in 2011 and the Scottish independence vote next year, referendums are almost becoming commonplace.

On the surface, a referendum appears to be a pure expression of democracy. What can be clearer than…

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