A lovely example of pot calling kettle black here. The idea that no investigations should take place into allegations of voter fraud in the recent US election. Because there’s no evidence, see?
So, bird comes into police station and says she’s been raped. That’s an allegation. Our entire society insists – rightly – that this should be investigated to check and see whether there’s any evidence of the event having happened. Investigation being the process of seeing if there’s any evidence to support an allegation:
The US attorney general, William Barr, has authorized federal prosecutors to begin investigating “substantial allegations” of voter irregularities across the country in a stark break with longstanding practice and despite a lack of evidence of any major fraud having been committed.
Or, if we’d like to restrict ourselves to politics we’ve all those claims – allegations – of Facebook and Russian interference in the Brexit referendum and the last go ’round in the American Presidential Stakes. These were allegations. Allegations prompted by little more than neither result was meant to go that way. Given that the establishment got a bloody nose in both instances the establishment insisted that the process cannot have been kosher. Thus allegations of whatever in order to nullify the result – reset the nose as if nothing had happened.
Lots of investigation took place and certainly in the UK example found no evidence of anything untoward. Because that’s how it’s done. Allegations, investigation into evidence to support such allegations.
As to this current election yes, of course there was fraud out there. There always is. The electoral process leads to some humans having power over others. This is an activity that will engender fraud.
Whether there was enough fraud to make much difference people I trust and respect say probably not, no. The margin was too wide for whatever likely – likely by levels seen before that is – to change the result. I don’t claim to know the details here by the way.
But despite not knowing the details and thus not being able to judge whether there was sufficient fraud to make a difference I can spot a really terrible argument from a mile off.
The Guardian, in common with much of the media, is insisting that there is no need to investigate allegations as there is no evidence. But evidence is the thing found by investigating allegations. Don’t believe me? Tell that to the next bleeding and crying bird that turns up at the police station desk.