Now that’s what I call a referendum question

Here’s the paperwork from the recent Italian referendum on nuclear power. Concise questions don’t seem to be their style…

Italian nuclear referendum ballot paper

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4 Comments

  • Malcolm Todd 15th Jun '11 - 8:52am

    And if you don’t have time to read the whole question, just remember – “Vote Yes to Vote No to Nuclear Power!” … Are we [i]sure[/i] they knew what they were voting for? 😀

  • From having read the press digest before this referendum, the Italians seem to have refused to follow their equivalents of The Sun and Daily Mail and voted against not only nuclear power expansion but also water privatisation.
    Shame on another nation which last month took fright at a very modest reform, a nation which was either too apathetic or too stupid to notice it was being lied to.
    How difficult is that to come to terms with, if not to understand?

  • George Turner 16th Jun '11 - 2:24pm

    The question says, New nuclear power stations – partial repeal of the law

    The answer being yes if you want to repeal the law and allow new nuclear plants (it was made illegal in Italy in 1987 to build new nuclear power stations) and no if you want to keep the law and prevent new nuclear power.

    So yes to nuclear power or no to nuclear power – quite simple really. All the text below is the detailed explanation of the amendments to legislation required to effect the change, which really need to be printed on the page as the public are voting on the amendments directly, if the vote had been positive the law would have changed without the need for parliament to take action.

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