If I wanted to hold a referendum to give the myth of choice, but designed it so it would fail, I would hold it soon after the municipal elections when Christmas is on people’s minds.
I would design a complicated referendum, rather than a simple one. Do you want to keep first past the post or would you support the single transferable vote as recommended by the Citizens Assembly democratically chosen some years ago?
The only governments which still use first past the post are Britain and former colonies like the U.S. (but not Australia nor New Zealand!) as well as a handful of small Caribbean Islands and some African states.
I would let the first past the post supporters frame it as revolutionary and scary rather than the norm.
What a pity!
We will have to wait several years for another chance.
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