Helvetic People Power

A quote by Daniel Hannan MEP at his blog, 4 November 2009

It’s not chiefly about Europe – it’s about democracy. Regular readers will know that I have always seen the repatriation of jurisdiction from Brussels as a means to an end. Having got the powers back, we should pass them down to local authorities or, better yet, to individual citizens. I want decisions to be decentralised, diffused, democratised. I want open primaries, popular initiative procedures, elected sheriffs, self-financing councils, an end to quangos, recall mechanisms and, yes, referendums – lots and lots of referendums. […] I don’t just mean a referendum on Europe – though, naturally, that is the obvious place to start. I mean full-on Helvetic people power.