Tuesday, 22 November 2022

Clement Attlee on referenda

"I could not consent to the introduction into our national life of a device so alien to all our traditions as the referendum, which as only too often been the instrument of Nazi-ism and fascism."
~ British Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1945 (then leader of the Labour Opposition), rebuffing the notion of a referendum to extend the already decade-long wartime coalition government

1 comment:

Peter Cresswell said...

Attlee continued, explaining: "Hitler’s practices in the field of referenda and plebiscites can hardly have endeared these expedients to the British heart."