The AV referendum was won by the No campaign, hats off to them, it was very no even with the low turnout. A few days have passed and supporters now have to look forward.
Things I think need to happen:
Educate and inform, a lot of misinformation was knocking about in the campaign, and I never saw as much Yes material as No. I’m thinking pamphlets given out or sold, proper manifestos written, add a good pinch of memes and viral stuff, put proper advertising. Remember the “there probably is no god” something along those lines, get an advertising campaign going just reminding people that the referendum was on AV not electoral reform.
Proper cross party co-operation, many parties support electoral reform, but it seems they can’t bare to stand on the same stage to get it before going back to campaigning against each other, its petty and everyone should be above that, I guess politics is a rare time where you can choose to work in an area surrounded largely by like minded individuals.
At the same time I think party politics might be the fastest way to achieve reform, AV is essentially now untouchable (which is good in some ways) and an election is going to happen sometime in the next 4 years and political parties are going to have a paragraph on what they think about electoral reform, pressure should be put on them to ensure they want to follow through with their pledges.
If you support electoral reform:
Join a political party that wants it, then join the group within it that are openly and loudly reformist.
Join your respective union.
Join the Electoral Reform Society.
Get involved in the debate, the reformist body is naturally fractured in terms of what system should be enacted and how to go about going about it. Right now the movement needs to ensure that electoral reform doesn’t stagnate and get forgotten about other than on obscure sections of the internet and middle class dinner parties.