So we’re going to have another referendum in November.
There seems to be some kind of constitutional imperative that we have to amend the Constitution every now and then? Referendums [referenda?] seem to come around with remarkable regularity?
Has it occurred to them that maybe this is necessary because the Constitution is so flawed to start with?
We seem to have a built in blind spot in this country. When we discover that the law or Constitution is deficient in some area that the solution is to apply a new law or an additional paragraph in the constitution to fix it. The result is a Band Aid system where patch is applied upon patch which is applied upon patch. If a law doesn’t work, or is deficient it should be scrapped and replaced with a different and preferably simpler version.
I don’t know too much about this latest referendum and to be bluntly honest I don’t want to know. It’s supposed to be about protecting children and I have reached the stage where anything that is supposed to be “for the children” leaves me stone cold. The powers that be have only themselves to blame for that.
From the little that I have read, apparently this new amendment is supposed to give the State extra powers to involve itself in the care of children. This frankly worries me and it worries me a lot. I am a regular reader of Christopher Booker’s column in the UK and some [if not most] of his reports about the State interfering in children’s upkeep make my hair curl. Read them and you will see what happens when the State abuses its powers.
I would go so far as to say that anything which gives the State any extra control is a bad thing.
Now if they want to insert that into the Constitution I’ll vote for it.