Got an intractable political problem that your National Assembly is unwilling or unable to tackle? Your solution is clear: stage a referendum. Here are the advantages:
- Your people aren't that smart, and won't fully understand the issues.
- It's phenomenally easy to muddle the issue - or have someone else muddle them for you, confusing the debate.
- When "THE PEOPLE" talk your Assembly will be required to follow through or face the wrath of the masses.
- You can have the referendum take as long as you need. That makes it a good tactic for never actually getting to any solution whatsoever.