Posted: 05/11/2016 at 09:14
You're absolutely right Hosta - in Britain we have a Parliamentary Democracy - referendums are a way gauging the opinion of the electorate on a subject that crosses traditional party political boundaries, not a way of reaching a decision. For Cameron to have intimated otherwise was just plain wrong and indicative of either arrogance, ignorance or carelessness. Government cannot over-ride parliament in these matters - it would be illegal - as you say, I thought that was what the Brexiteers wanted, a restoration of the supremacy of the British parliament.
An independent judiciary is fundamental to a parliamentary democracy - parliament makes the laws - the judiciary interprets and applies them. If you don't like the law you try to persuade parliament to change it - you don't attack the judges. They are doing their job.
I do wish Civics was taught in British schools nowadays. I believe that my Russian ex-daughter-in-law has a better understanding of the workings of the British democratic system than many Brits nowadays, as she had to study the subject in order to pass her Citizenship Test.