Criminality and the Referendum

The story of the criminal cheating on the Vote Leave campaign is long and complex, and there seems to be a ground rush effect as the election approaches. The issues are breach of personal privacy laws, over spending, covering up the overspending. It is possible that there have been breaches of the transparency rules, and that some money came from prohibited foreign sources. Here are some links and notes.

The Money

  1. Adam Ramsey of Open Democracy heralds the involvement of the CPS on twitter
  2. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/johnson-and-cummings-under-fire-police-hand-criminal-evidence-vote-leave-prosecution-agency/
  3. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/new-email-release-shows-how-leave-campaigners-used-vast-loo/
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/13/vote-leave-campaign-overspent-on-industrial-scale-says-ex-employee-mark-gettleson
  5. http://www.brexitshambles.com/a-thought-provoking-expose-shining-a-light-on-how-in-allowing-brexits-cheats-and-liars-to-avoid-punitive-justice-our-democracy-has-been-left-in-jeopardy/
  6. Wikipedia has a page on this. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegations_of_unlawful_campaigning_in_the_2016_EU_referendum

The Data

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/17/vote-leave-scandal-one-year-on-shahmir-sanni-whistleblower-cambridge-analytica
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/17/cambridge-analytica-year-on-lesson-in-institutional-failure-christopher-wylie

Fake News, Russia and the cover up

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/nov/02/dominic-grieve-calls-for-release-of-report-on-russian-meddling-in-uk
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50256887
  3. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/general-election-boris-johnson-russia-troll-bots-brexit-vote-report-a9179351.html
  4. Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report: 5 Russian influence in political campaigns, by the House of Commons DCMS select committee.
  5. A twitter thread by Ian Lucas MP, on the December cover up.

Justice

  1. Wilson & Ors , R (On the Application Of) v The Prime Minister [2019] EWCA Civ 304, the judicial review of the Referendum; Court of Appeal. The we i.e. the courts can’t interfere because the referendum was advisory, it’s down to Parliament to do so. The Independent reports on the case. Also an article in the Guardian summarising the plaintiff’s case.

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