I have just returned from casting my vote on the referendum. This is for the alternative voting system, which is akin to First-Past-the-Post; but with a twist and based on the floods of propaganda surrounding the events I certainly see the outcome, if it is ratified, with leave the general democratic populous either disillussioned like they just viewed one of the early M. Night Shyamalan movies or disillussioned like they just view one of the more recent M. Night Shyamalan movies. Either way this referendum, as most, will leave people with more than they bargained for.
Polling is complete crap. And by polling I mean public opinion polls. They offer no real evidence, yet still millions are put into obtaining figures that don't really allow anything more than an assumption to be made. If we took opinion polls as a reasonable method to gauge future trend forcasting then Neil Kinnock would have smashed John Major. But the public are fickle and have a political view based how full their stomach is. Politicians always panda to the people with the emptiest stomachs; not necessarily a fact, but it's my opinion and we know what to make of opinion. This is just it! Democracy was founded on opinion, the more white stones in the basket means we dont push him off the cliff. Democracy was founded on the idea that the truth is based on public opinion. But the truth is not based on what the majority believes! It seems to me that democracy is going back to it's fundamental roots, this is so terribly apparent when Tony Blair addressed the public after the 7/7 london bombings; saying that they were carried out in the name of Islam. Public opinion was that Islamic terrorists take part in suicide bombings, obviously this is what happened, but he undermined our fundimental rights as a democractic nation by making those accusions before those 4 bombers were brought to justice in a trial before the crown court. Yes they were dead and the evidence was overwhelming, but until the judge bangs their gavel; you're innocent.
I have gone off topic, but I'm trying to make a point that public opinion is a pile of shit. Public opinion says gravity doesn't exist then a democratic vote says gravity doesnt exist. What happens next? For Democracy to work then you need people to be educated into believing in themselves to make their dreams happen; a reminder for who and what we vote for. To have an independant body review each party and create a brief synopsys of the top 3 views of each party based on their manifesto and to be agreed by both and then relayed to each voter before casting, would mean a country run on intellectual decission, rather than the nicest smile