Why not give the electorate the chance to pass judgement directly on Sinn Fein and the DUP’s ‘red lines’?
The object of the exercise is to absorb within a stable democratic practice a new element which, if unabsorbed, may have fatal effects.
Does authority reside with Parliament or the People? And are MPs representatives or delegates? Both must be answered.
It should be easier to call local referendums in the UK. Politics is too important to be left to the politicians.
The British left are somewhat more open to the idea, but the Conservative Party’s members and voters would not wear the proposal
It looks to be the least bad medium-term means of settling the future of abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
We must not conflate the progress that scientific advancement offers us with the idea that debate becomes redundant in the face of an increased awareness of scientific fact.
No council has ever held a referendum on tax rises over five per cent. Javid’s decision to raise the cap means taxpayers will be hit without the democratic chance to object.
Even the hard Left now admit that the claim that people are happy to pay more is hollow. Their answer? Harness the politics of envy and division.
The Kurds have proved to be staunch allies against Daesh, and their forthcoming referendum will help them protect both themselves and us.
The Guardian’s John Harris talks to voters across Scotland.
Any result which sees the election of more than 45 nationalists will raise some awkward questions for May as she forms her new government.
Sturgeon wants a poll to be timed to cause maximum disruption to the talks. She mustn’t get away with it.