All this hype about the referendum as if it has any great democratic significance. But really our choice in a referendum comes down to voting yes or no on pre-determined question, and usually with a pre-determined answer (or at least with a question that won't go away until we vote the way they want us to). Nevermind the recent debacle over the propriety of funding arrangements - its been clear for a long time that a referendum is nothing more than a rubber stamp, and one which is easily manipulated by those in power.
A system that actually valued what people thought would have mechanisms to empower people and encapsulate their political desires for the good of society. Instead we are told what to think by the media and given the illusion of a choice between yes and no. Just like in elections, we have no real choice, we have no real democracy.