….one has to lie in it – as the old adage says.
Back in November 2010 the Swiss people, in a referendum, decided that they did not want foreign criminals held in their jails and at their expense, deciding that instead criminals should be deported. The Federal Government has been accused of ‘dragging their feet’ in implementing the result of the peoples decision, the implementation being something that the Federal Government has to do. The Local reports that the SVP has brought forward a new popular initiative, signed by 154,982 people, calling on the government to honour the result of a referendum held in November 2010, The new initiative is far more detailed than the original, and if passed would give the government less room for manoeuvre. The text specifies that expulsion of foreigners who committed murder, robbery or rape would be automatic, even on a first offence. Others facing expulsion would include “notorious and incorrigible” offenders whose actions “seriously affect order and public safety,”
The problem the Federal Government now has is the job of unpicking various treaties and agreements to which they signed Switzerland up, something which presents the Federal Government with what could be termed a severe headache. Oops.
What we are seeing here in action is “people power” – politicians doing something which the people are dead set against and the people saying”nope”, we’re not accepting that. Would that we in the UK had similar power – which of course we would were we to adopt the 6 Demands of the Harrogate Agenda.