Truly amazing result - no matter how much the pro-EU media tries to play it down. 36.8% of people eligible to vote in Aberconwy turned out, 86.25 of them wanted a referendum on whether Britain should sign up to the treaty which will establish an EU Constitution, and 87.9% of them said they would vote No. The astonishing figure of10,700 people in Aberconwy turned out to vote.
The referendum was arranged by an organisation called 'I Want A Referendum' and it was overseen by Electoral Reform Services. This is the second post tonight where I have noted the heroically pathetic nature of a politician trying to rubbish an important development. This time it was Wayne David MP. His comments can be seen on BBC Online.
There seem to be two lines of attack comprising the Government's strategy to undermine this referendum result. The first is that not everyone was entitled to vote - which is true. I would like everyone to have had a vote, but it wasn't legally possible. Because the referendum wasn't approved by the Government, there wasn't access to the full electoral roll. I'm told that about 34% of voters tick the box that says they don't want their names to be passed on to those who ask for the full list of voters. A pity - but there is absolutely no reason to think the 34% who do tick the 'privacy' box would vote any differently from the 66% who don't.
The second line of attack is that its a 'Tory' referendum - despite some of the organisers being Labour MPs! This seems to be based on the fact that the 10 referendums that have been held so far are all in Labour and Lib Dem held seats. Well, of course they are stupid. Its Labour and the Lib Dems who have reneged on their manifesto promises to hold a referendum. There has been a totally unjustified amount of publicity given to 5 Conservative MPs who have said they are against a referendum, the latest being John Bercow. They just don't think referendums are an appropriate constitutional mechanism. Well, they may be right. But that is not what this issue is about. Its about the trust in politicians that David Cameron was talking about yesterday, and honesty in our political process. A referendum was promised by all major parties - and Labour and the Lib Dems broke that promise in a deliberate and shameful way. The group, I Want A Referendum, have exposed this great deception, and an astonishing number of voters have turned out to express their disapproval.