Mike Galsworthy on the Government’s recent response to the “Halt Brexit for a public inquiry” petition.

The Government’s response to the petition Halt Brexit for a public inquiry petition is one of the most disingenuous, unprofessional and propagandist pieces of writing I have seen in a long while...

Halt Brexit For A Public Inquiry / UK Parliament Petition Service

Starting with the statement that the Remain campaign outspent the Leave campaign by £4m...

What on Earth does that have to do with the legality or an inquiry into the process?

There is only one reason for such bizarre whataboutery — propaganda. It has no place in a reply to this petition.

Then, there is the false equivalence of  ‘both sides’ having received fines.

Only on one side is there serious and ongoing cases concerning criminality.

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Then, there is the “biggest democratic mandate” line.

That’s utter rubbish. A stronger mandate is secured by a larger margin. 17 million vs 16 million means that if 1 in 17 leavers changed their minds, the result would flip (1 in about 32 changing their minds makes it even) — hardly a colossal mandate.

If you think raw numbers make a mandate, you think a 50.3% vs 49.7% win in the US is a stronger mandate than a 90% vs 10% win in Slovenia.


And saying “biggest mandate ever” is also disingenuous, given population increases (Bush tried this ‘largest mandate’ claim in 2004, when he defeated the Democrat candidate John Kerry, despite the fact that he had only won by the fourth smallest spread of electoral votes in US history).

Finally, “The Government is committed to making sure the rules work, now and in the future.”

This is meaningless if the government is not prepared to look retrospectively at rules that have been breached. That is the very basis of law enforcement.

As for the notion that a 6-week period is all you get for catching criminality, or you miss out forever, is absurd and clearly inadequate.

Whenever criminality or severe bad practice is uncovered, it must be dealt with seriously.🔷

If you have not done so, please keep signing and sharing the petition.

Further reading:

- Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report Contents - Conclusions and Recommendations, by the Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport Committee - UK Parliament.
- Brexit Referendum was corruptly won, but result stands thanks to loophole, James O’Brien show - LBC.

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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.)

(Cover: UK Parliament Petitions.)