Quite why everyone is shouting so much about minor money peccadillos at the Vote Leave campaign is difficult to understand. Unless, and until, we get to the root reason when all becomes clear. And we are getting all sorts of nonsense thrown around.
For example, lots of money was spent before the period of the actual campaign, that period when the amount that could be spent was limited. Hmm, well, OK, so everyone’s just obeyed the law and that’s a scandal is it? Well, yes, the manner in which it was presented was that it was a scandal.
People used Facebook to target voters, did they? Sure they did, everyone on both sides of the campaign did. The complaint is rather that one side did this a little more effectively than the other.
So why the vehemence of all of this? The secret is, as Nick Cohen lets out of the bag:
In February, the pro-Remain group Best for Britain conducted private polling on what would persuade the public to accept a second referendum. A fall in living standards (and they’ve already fallen) made no difference: a majority would still say we’d had one referendum and that was enough. The NHS suffering (and it is suffering) produced a tie. But when the pollsters asked: “What if there was confirmation of cheating during the referendum campaign?”, 49% wanted a second vote and only 30% opposed. If the trolled public should realise it’s been cheated, the future will be up for grabs.
Yup, that’s it, it’s all whining about how they lost. That they lost even. And there’s really nothing at all more continental, more un-British, than that, is there?