If anything illustrates what is wrong with our present system of representative democracy, it must surely be the following, uttered by Leon Brittan in the House of Lords:
"I start by saying that I am an unashamed opponent of referenda and always have been. It is not therefore surprising that anything that limits the operation of referenda inherently attracts me [......] I would regard it as a rather dangerous experiment that is subversive of the normal principles of parliamentary government."*
Here we have a man who from 1974, until he resigned his seat to become a European Commissioner in 1989, went on bended knee at general elections requesting people return him to parliament, yet he denies those people a say on by whom - and how - they should be governed. The illogicality of his statement in the House of Lords truly beggars belief!
This is one person for whom, most definitely, a lamp post has been reserved!
* For those readers interested, the Hansard account of this debate can be found here.