Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, does not approve of referendums.
I don’t think referendums are very democratic.
I think an unnecessary referendum would be a huge distraction from what should be the real work of government.
We’re a parliamentary democracy, we elect a parliament and that parliament has the power to ratify treaties.
My difficulty with referenda is that they are often hijacked by political parties, either looking to promote themselves or by interest groups looking to make a protest or looking for certain concessions.
Here’s my interpretation of the above quotes:
Government knows best.
Too much democracy is messy and inconvenient.
All political power should be placed entirely in the hands of the very small number of people who actually make decisions within the Cabinet.
In functional democracies Minister Varadkar’s extreme views would be rejected out of hand.
In our corrupt political system, where politicians do pretty much as they like, his views are positively dangerous.