Posts Tagged ‘referendum’

What the mayoral referenda tell us about Change

Friday, May 4th, 2012

10 English cities in Manchester, Liverpool and Coventry just had referenda to decide if they want London-style mayors.  The turn-out was incredibly low, 24% in Bristol, and the proposition was greeted with underwhelming scepticism.  Why you might ask?  The answer is a simple one, this is either viewed as unlikely to solve voters problems or worse still, trying to resolve issues they don’t care about or do not feel they have.  You can never get people to vote for something when they can see no benefit in it… turkeys are more likely to vote for Xmas!

If you want people to change the very first question you need to answer is What Is in it For Me?  If you can’t articulate this clearly, if they don’t believe you can deliver, if they don’t trust you… you are wasting your time and energy.

“Anything important is never left to the vote of the people. We only get to vote on some man; we never get to vote on what he is to do.”  Will Rodgers

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.” William E. Simon