From our Swindon Correspondent:
Held in February this year, the poll received 13,850 votes, with 12,496 of those (around 90%) in favour of the conversion to wildflower meadows.
I have my own opinions on this. I think manicured lawns are about prestige, like brass handles on doors, or some statues. Replacing them with wild flowers just doesn’t give off the same image. Also, better for a picnic, especially without lots of bees to bother you.
That said, I’m a democrat and democracy seems like a good idea. I really don’t care either way about what a university in Dublin does. The point is that consultations aren’t really democratic. Consultations tend to get grabbed by activist groups. The consultation is announced quietly by a group, who then tell all their friends about the consultation, but the average person rarely hears about it. Then it delivers the result the activist group wanted. You see this with consultations about various nanny state things in the UK. They’re always overwhelmingly in favour of more nannying, but when you look at the number of responses, it’s tiny compared to the overall population. And even if people hear about it, and have an opinion, it’s not a strongly held opinion, so they don’t bother voting, where activists do. 13,850 votes is less than 1% of the population of Dublin.