Hooray. Victories, which have been quite rare for some time, are good for our health. And this victory over the constitutional reform was just not any success, as we know, despite the contradictory motivations that helped the No to win.
In my opinion, the best thing was the very long referendum campaign.
Contrary to how it has been described — “an indecent show,” “a melee,” etc. — what happened, against all expectations, has been a renewed engagement of millions of people who had not discussed politics together for decades. It was as if, along with the Constitution, the beauty of participation had been rediscovered.
In this sense, it can be said that, despite the attempt to reduce the political class to an “executive elite” that at most accounts for its actions only every five years, the campaign has reaffirmed the importance of Article 3, in which the leadership has acknowledged the collective right of citizens to contribute to the choices of their country. Even though the Boschi reform did not explicitly affect this article, it is clear that all the proposed changes implied the cancellation of its substance. Hurray again.