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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?

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Bloke in North Dorset
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Great argument: you lot are so thick you got duped by people who spent marginally more than they were allowed to, but you weren’t thick enough to be duped by project fear.

Spike
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Ooh! More illegitimate than the one that denied Her Nibs her birthright to the Oval Office? #Resist!

To the point, Hillary and Jeb Bush have submitted fresh, bipartisan proof that money cannot buy elections in the absence of persuasive ideas. Campaign spending limits are victimless crimes that complicate the political “game” by providing post-election diversions for those still bereft of persuasive ideas.

Rhoda Klapp
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Rhoda Klapp

We didn’t get the leaflets out in Texas nor do I have facebook but I did know which way to vote and why. I don’t really think Leave made the right arguments and project fear was ridiculous. Remainers never ever said what was so good about the EU in the campaign and never seem to have thought about it themselves. Folks like Cohen and Massie and Parris moan on and on but never say what was so good about it.

Spike
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Because independence = sad and lonely. Also, Don’t Kill The Job.

Rhoda Klapp
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Rhoda Klapp

If you mean don’t kill the job of outdated past-it political commentators from a previous millennium, I understand.

Spike
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Was including at least all those jobs deciding which flavors of crisps shall be allowed.

jgh
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jgh

All the arguments Remain used were reasons to vote Leave.
“The EU stops us making our own decisions, vote Remain!” Err, that’s an argument to vote Leave.
“The EU forces non-EU goods to be more expensive that EU goods, vote Remain!”. Err, that’s another agurment to vote Leave.
“We are too stupid to make our own decisions, the EU must make them for us!” Ah, that’s where the Leave overspending is, they’re counting all the Vote Remain campaiging in Vote Leave’s returns. 😀