I’m delighted to hear that the section-59 referendum will be held separately from this years ‘election’ and thus ensure the nations bloggers and naval-gazers a separate media-firestorm of hysteria, outrage, disinformation and general idiocy. $10 million seems like a small price to pay.
Graeme Edgeler over at Public Address has a post on the topic – its the usual uninformed guesswork, hyperbole and wild-eyed ravings that we’ve come to expect from Graeme. The PAS community respond with outrage to his heretical suggestion that the decision to hold a separate vote was made for political reasons not logistical ones.
It occurs to me that holding the referendum separately might be good for Labour in the upcoming election – good in the same way that not scuffing your shoes when you get hit by a bus is good – but it will probably be bad for Bradford’s bill. Separate referendum tend to attract small numbers of activist voters and this clearly favours the pro-smacking brigade.
Or maybe not. A number of politicians went into the select committee opposing the Bradford bill and came out determined to get it passed so they could protect the nations children from the hordes of religious lunatics who gave oral submissions. One presenter explained that children are often possessed by demons and have to be beaten to drive the devils out. A couple of weeks of such debate without the distraction of the election might be enough to swing the vote the other way.