May I express my support for George Shearing’s letter (19 January) calling for an enshrined legal right of the people to make decisions through referendums? This has long been Ukip policy.
Having such a right would have allowed us to have referendums on both Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom and British independence from the European Union long ago without all the fuss.
In Scotland, where we do not have a second chamber, a right of referendum might be the only way we could put a brake on governmental power. Had we had that, I doubt if we would have had billions poured into wind farm subsidy, the smoking ban or the tram fiasco, but I acknowledge that, had the people voted for these, then they would have a far stronger democratic legitimacy.
Ukip Glasgow branch