Re: What I don't understand
A simple majority is not sufficient to convey true support. ~51% of people would vote "People with birthdays on even numbered days get twice as many presents".
As one born on an odd day, I will vote against, and we should win because there are more odd days than even (consider 31st January, March, May, etc.)
Seriously, would it be loss of face for that certain party to admit that they may have rushed the things, that they could have done better? To me it looks like maturity opposed to stubborn childish attitude.