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LOCAL REFERENDA 'PART OF BLAIR'S STAKEHOLDER VISION'

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Local referenda or 'citizens' juries' are part of Labour leader Tony Blair's vision of a 'stakeholder society' shad...
Local referenda or 'citizens' juries' are part of Labour leader Tony Blair's vision of a 'stakeholder society' shadow Scottish secretary George Robertson said yesterday, reports The Scotsman (p9).

Stakeholding was not just about the economy, he said, but about giving people a stake in the way they are governed through a devolved Scottish parliament and grassroots democracy.

Mr Robertson cited the recent referendum held by Strathclyde RC which showed a huge majority against water privatisation as a good way of guaging voters views at a local level, the paper reports.

And US-style citizens' juries selected from a cross section of society could deliberate on issues, calling expert witnesses, as a way of obtaining input from 'ordinary people'.
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