The EU referendum campaign was dogged by "glaring democratic deficiencies" with voters turned off by big name politicians and negative campaigning, a report says.The vote didn't go the way we wanted
The government's controversial mail-shot to every household in the UK had "little effect on people's levels of informedness", it said...It was a waste of money
... towards the end of the campaign nearly half of voters thought politicians were "mostly telling lies".They've cottoned on to us!
The society said the EU debate was in "stark contrast" to the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, which it said had featured a "vibrant, well-informed, grassroots conversation that left a lasting legacy of on-going public participation in politics and public life".People voted the way we wanted in the Scottish Referendum
Ms Ghose added: "Now that the dust is starting to settle after the EU referendum, we need a complete rethink about the role of referendums in the UK. They are becoming more common, but the piecemeal nature of the how, when and why they're done means we could simply end up jumping from referendum to referendum at the whim of politicians."Letting the people have a say. Why would we want to do that?