I am shocked that the people of Switzerland have voted to ban people from wearing a burqa or niqab. (I don't know how the new law specifically defines what sort of face-covering is banned or not, but that's irrelevant anyway). I am bewildered how or why it even occurs to anyone to presume to dictate to anybody else what they should be allowed to wear, as if they think that their own life is adversely affected in some way.
But it also reminds me of the old adage that referendums are the tools of dictators and whatever - leading to extreme or bonkers policies instead of issues being considered carefully by an elite group of professional politicians. What would Switzerland and its history have been like if the laws were all made by parliament or by the cantonal assemblies, instead of having lots of referendums?
Labour governments are always voted in by empty minds, and voted out by empty pockets