The answer to Britain’s electoral nonsense seems clear enough. You’ll never get any First Past The Post elected government to pass a PR voting system. Referendums can be rigged forever, and PR blocked by hook or by crook.
Why not instead elect a second chamber entirely with Proportional Representation?
The House Of Lords should go.
PR should be the way ahead in the second chamber from hereon.
A PR election for the revising chamber could be held at the same time as the FPTP general election for the House Of Commons. Just a second piece of paper to fill in for every voter.
Easy enough. Let’s do it.
Where will the drive for change come from?
The new arithmetic at Westminster means that a Conservative rebellion over EU matters or other matters will be highly effective. When Cameron tries to ram through unpopular policies, opposed by the other parties, he has a wafer thin majority, and could easily see his government defeated. The only way to re-establish a feeling of fairness about the electoral system, and build lost authority is to do something to correct the imbalances. What better way than to clear the House Of Lords entirely and replace it with PR elected representatives? The influence of such a chamber would be far greater, being elected, and it would have much greater authority.
Conservative and other MPs would not be jeopardising their own electoral positions by taking this action. Such a proposal would have massive support in a referendum, which would be very hard to rig. Just have exactly PR – no TV or AV system or other complication. Keep everything very simple. And it will work.
Cameron would won a bigger majority had he gone for AV. He still could do so for a House Of Commons election.