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Thursday 21 March 2019

A50 Petition Fake News FAWKED

A petition on the Government website demanding the revocation of Article 50, and that Britain should then remain in the EU, had garnered little more than 15,000 signatories yesterday evening - until Theresa May made her highly unfortunate intervention, blaming everyone but herself for her own failure to get her Brexit deal through the Commons.
From the point she gave her address, though, the petition went viral, and as I type is almost up to 900,000 signatories. As a result, the Government must consider debating the matter. But out there on the Europhobic right, this is causing considerable concern, undermining the oft-chanted mantra that leaving the EU is the settled and irrevocable “Will of the people”, whoever he is. So a dirty tricks operation has been ordered.

And there is no finer purveyor of dirty tricks than the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, who have decided to serve up a total pack of lies about the petition and then have the brass neck to claim an “Exclusive” for it. I kid you not; the resulting freshly excreted turd is the work of new teaboy Tom Harwood.
Foreign Actors Hijack Article 50 Petition With Fake Signatures” tells the headline, with Harwood sneering “A petition backed by all of the faces who had been pretending to care about holding another referendum for the sake of ‘democracy’ have been sharing a new petition entitled ‘Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.’ They’re not even bothering to pretend to be democrats any more”. He’ll be OK when Staines gets him house trained.

There was more. “The petition saw a suspicious jump in signatures last night, with blatantly fake signatures arising everywhere from Russia, to Afghanistan, to North Korea. Tens of thousands of signatures have also come from EU states including Jean Claude Juncker’s tiny Luxembourg … Remainers are using sham numbers, dodgy foreign actors, and disinformation”. Sounds dramatic. And it’s total bullshit.
As Andy Clegg has pointed out, “It's hardly a 'hijack' with 4% of the signatures coming from outside the UK, which will include British citizens abroad for work/holidays”. Also, there are hundreds of thousands of Brits who live in other EU member states, and are as entitled as Staines to their views - if not moreso, as The Great Guido is an Irish citizen.

Not surprisingly, Harwood fails to give even one example of a “dodgy foreign actor”, or “disinformation”. Brits work and live in Russia, Afghanistan, and yes, North Korea. The idea that a Government petition has been hijacked by a troll farm is fanciful in the extreme - but just what the Fawkes rabble’s press masters want to tell their readers tomorrow.
Fortunately for those of us who live in the real world, and accept reality as we find it, this characteristically despicable bout of disinformation has been rumbled.

The Fawkes massive can’t even do dirty tricks properly nowadays. Another fine mess.
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Anonymous said...

Anybody can look at the JSON data which gives the location of signatories. I did find one from the DPRK, and seventeen from Russia. Nearly 2,500 from Australia, nearly 3,500 from Germany. Hardly a foreign takeover.

The rest you can examine by UK constituency.

Anonymous said...

Oh CHRIST! What more conclusive proof is needed that it's the Russkis all over again?!

Or something.

Anonymous said...

The petition form clearly states: -
'Only British citizens or UK residents have the right to sign'
You have to tick a box claiming that you're either a British Citizen or UK resident.
Your vote isn't valid until you respond to the email that HM Petitions send to your email address.

rob said...

Now reached the million mark.

Questions are being asked to No 10 "Can Treesa please go on another rant please?"

Perhaps we don't need a competent opposition if she can do it all herself?

Cue Leave bots/trolls "When you get to 17.4 million we will take it seriously". Remember the other 16m of voters you haven't taken seriously so far?

Anonymous said...

It's the Germans I'm worried about.

And dem Muslamics.

Mark my words, they're working together to take over North Sea oil. If we've got any left after pissing it up the wall on wars and donations to the rich.

So tighten your belts, produce more, work harder and for more unpaid hours, bring on the Dunkirk Spirit again!

And NO! Now "austerity is over" we will NOT be restoring finance to local authorities. You people have been mollycoddled for far too long. You can't have guns AND butter......