The referendum is 'a tool for dictators'

'The referendum, says Alain Lamassoure, a Gaullist MEP who is Sarko's right-hand man on the EU, is a "tool for dictators" (which is somewhat discourteous to his party's founder, but never mind.) "We are paralysed by the unanimity rule and we pass legislation through undemocratic procedures," adds the former Europe Minister. Then comes a Ministry of Truth touch. The reason the EU should hold no more such votes, says Lamassoure, is that "we have a duty to grant our citizens more power".'

Welcome to Orwell's dystopia!