Is "infamously" alluding some hoodwink or deviltry?
Bradley, Ewing. Constitutional and Administrative Law (2018 17 ed). Emboldening on p 80.
Dicey famously observed that the ‘judges know nothing about any will of the people except in so far as that will is expressed by an Act of Parliament’.201 In some constitutions, for example in Ireland and Australia, constitutional amendments take effect only if they are approved by referendum. In other constitutions (for example, Denmark and Switzerland) legislative proposals may be subject to referendum. Until 1975, the United Kingdom found no place for direct democracy, apart from the border poll in Northern Ireland.202 Even when exercises in direct democracy are conducted, their meaning is by no means as clear as the binary question posed might suggest: did the rejection of the alternative vote system signify love for the existing system or just a dislike of the offered alternative, and when a majority voted to leave the EU, the referendum itself told politicians nothing about what the majority saw as the appropriate form of the future British relationship with the EU. While advisory referendums do not directly affect the authority of Parliament, it would affect the position of Parliament if referendums were to become mandatory for certain purposes. In one case, the alternative vote referendum, the outcome was not advisory: had a majority voted in favour, s 8 of the Parliamentary Voting and Constituencies Act 2011 required ministers to implement
the referendum by secondary legislation. Infamously, no such provision was included in the European Union Referendum Act 2015. It has been argued that referendums should be used ‘as an extra check against government, an additional protection to that given by Parliament’. 203 What aspects of the constitution should be protected in this way? There is a case to be made for requiring a referendum whenever it is proposed to transfer the powers of Parliament; as John Locke said, [The Legislative cannot transfer the power of making laws to any other hands.] ‘it being but a delegated power from the People, they who have it cannot pass it to others’.204 There is, however, little sign of a more considered structural use of referendums, recent use of which has been on an ad hoc basis, with the ground rules and consequences being laid down afresh for each referendum.