After Labour held off a challenge from Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, Richard “Smiler” Tice, and the rest of the Brexit Party, to win the recent by-election for the Peterborough constituency, there were dark mutterings about fraud. With their usual subtlety, Brexit Party spokespersons nudged and winked, letting it be known that the Rotten Lefties™ had been “harvesting” postal votes from all those Scary Muslims™.
Squeaky You Lost Get Over It finger up the bum time
This was, sad to say, the usual bigoted drivel. Sure enough, last month the BBC reported that “No offences took place with three of the five allegations of malpractice at a by-election in Peterborough earlier this month, a police inquiry has found … Police said no offences were revealed with one allegation of bribery and two relating to postal votes”.
There was, though, hope for Nige and his pals: “An allegation of breach of the privacy of the vote and one of the burning of ballots were still being investigated … A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson said: ‘I can confirm police received several reports of electoral fraud following the Peterborough by-election. Of the five allegations reported, two incidents are currently being investigated to establish if any offences have been committed’”.
And then Farage decided he was going to take the whole matter to court, as the Murdoch Sun gleefully told: “NIGEL Farage has launched a legal bid to try and overturn the result of the Peterborough by-election amid claims that Labour cheated to win it. The Brexit Party will lodge a petition to challenge the result, with claims that a ‘convicted electoral fraudster’ could have acted as an agent for the Labour Party, and that postal votes could have been rigged”. Except that he didn’t, and they weren’t.
We know this as the Peterborough Telegraph told readers yesterday “Final electoral fraud investigation into Peterborough by-election ends as police find no offences committed … Officers had previously declared that no offences were committed in relation to one allegation of bribery, two relating to postal votes and one relating to the burning of ballots … Now, the same conclusion has been reached into the final allegation, a breach of the privacy of the vote”. So that’s no cheating, and no fraud, then.
Mr Thirsty is saying nothing today - what a surprise - which stands in contrast to his moaning to Mail Online after the result “I think there is something inherently wrong with the entire postal voting process in this country. I think it's open to corruption, bribery intimidation, abuse. We've seen so many cases now where again and again we find - particularly in the inner cities - postal voting is producing the wrong results”.
Meaning his candidate lost. And the Tories were no better: “Tory councillor Wayne Fitzgerald told the Peterborough Telegraph: ‘I have grave concerns over postal vote harvesting within certain sections of the community, particularly focused on the urban city wards of Park, Central, North and East. We know it goes on with reports of it happening in Asian communities with people coerced"'. Yeah, it's the Scary Muslims™again.
But nothing today. Most significantly, no sign of anyone on the losing side admitting they were being openly racist in an effort to smear Labour. No admission that this whole exercise has been a huge outpouring of sour grapes from the Farage Falange Fringe.
Perhaps Nige should listen to his own advice more often: You lost, get over it.
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