Dumbing down.

A concern sometimes expressed about the referendum process is that complex issues are reduced to a simple yes or no. In the end all legislation is reduced to a yes or no, the question is, is the complexity properly covered in the legislation?

The Swiss experience has been that in the case of citizens' initiatives people often create coalitions to advance their aims. There is lively debate within such coalitions before they finalise the wording of a proposal. When the proposal reaches the Swiss Parliament, Parliament debates the issue and often comes up with counter proposals. Knowing that the original proposal can be put to referendum makes Parliament less likely to push their own line and more likely to seek compromise. A number of issues never make it to referendum as the Swiss Parliament's counter proposals are accepted by the initiative committee.

Those preparing legislation are aware that their proposals will be tested by everyone in the country, and rejected if it is shown that their proposals are flawed.

In Britain the activities of lobbyists and other interest groups can influence legislation. They are often able to successfully promote their own agenda at the expense of the people of Britain and Wales because so much can be done behind closed doors.

The initiative and referendum process is the most transparent way of legislating.