Quote of the day 20th February 2024

"I think your referendum went rather better than one of mine." 

(David Cameron, Foreign secretary, in the Falklands yesterday, referring to the 2013 referendum in which the people of the Falkland Islands voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining a UK overseas territory.

 Of 1,517 votes cast, 1,513 were in favour, while just three votes were against. The referendum was held in response to Argentina's call for negotiations on the islands' sovereignty.

Before his visit to the Falklands, DC had said this:


Jim said…
Not so sure, I don't think AV would have been much better than FPTP to be honest.

The other one went quite well, it was just a shame the shambles that followed it as there was no plan in place, and it just wouldn't do to use a perfectly good plan that was written by one of the plebs.
Chris Whiteside said…
I think DC was perfectly happy with the results of two of the three referenda during his time in office - the one which rejected AV and the vote by Scotland to stay part of the UK.

As I think you realise, he was making a joke about the fact that he had hoped the EU referendum would go the other way.

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