BEWARE: Malcontents in the mass media will try to tell you that fake allegations of anti-Semitism against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are more important than this. They are lying.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal is about unscrupulous organisations bypassing democracy in order to have their own way – and the Conservative Party is in it up to its collective eyebrows.
The ‘outing’ of Shahmir Sanni as gay – in a move that threatens the safety of his relatives in Pakistan – was carried out as a reprisal for his revelation of the involvement of a leading Conservative in wrongdoing at Vote Leave, involving the company.
That shows particular viciousness on the part of the Conservative Party – not individuals in it. Theresa May must hold responsibility for it.
Underlying all of this is the fact that the basis on which the UK is leaving the European Union has been discredited; the vote was unduly affected by outside interference.
The Cambridge Analytica scandal engulfing the official Brexit campaign reached No 10 on Sunday, as campaigners wrote to Theresa May demanding an investigation into what members of her cabinet and her own staff knew.
The letter from the anti-Brexit group Best for Britain came after a whistleblower told the Observer that Vote Leave channelled money through another campaign to a firm linked to the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica in a potential breach of electoral law.
The allegations immediately put pressure on the foreign and environment secretaries, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, who were leading members of Vote Leave.
May came under pressure herself over the weekend after Downing Street was accused of outing the whistleblower, Shahmir Sanni, as gay in an official statement released on Friday. It was put out in response to allegations Sanni made about the involvement of one of May’s aides, Stephen Parkinson – a former senior Vote Leave official – in wrongdoing at the campaign group.
Sanni said his family in Pakistan, where homosexuality is criminalised, are now in potential danger.
In its letter, Best for Britain demanded to know:
- What did Michael Gove and Boris Johnson know about the coordination of the Leave campaign and AIQ? Is the prime minister planning to investigate what they knew about the claims?
- Will the pair be recused from the Brexit “war cabinet” while these claims are being investigated?
- Does the prime minister plan to investigate the staff mentioned in the reports who work for No 10?
- Did No 10 directly out Sanni, or have any involvement in his outing?
- Were government emails, phones or equipment used?
The letter came after the latest in a string of revelations emerged about the work of the leave campaigns and the data firm Cambridge Analytica.
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