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Shurely shome mishtake? Nigel Farage’s demand for an inquiry into Peterborough by-election result contradicts his entire strategy over the EU referendum.

Does nobody else find it hypocritical in the extreme that the Brexit Party is challenging the result of a public vote?

On this occasion, it’s the vote that put a Labour MP on the Peterborough Parliamentary seat with an increased majority of 683 after a by-election this month.

Apparently the evidence on which Nigel Farage is demanding an inquiry is so weak it includes a rumour on the day of the election that Labour would win by 500 votes. Idle chatter is now grounds to challenge an election, then.

We’ll remember this tactic if the Brexit Party dares to bring a candidate to Brecon and Radnorshire.

His comments on the matter are pure waffle: “This is about a lot more than Peterborough. It is about a system that is wide open to corruption, to intimidation, to bribery, to abuse on a whole number of levels. I have mentioned this a number of times in the past.” Meaningless.

As the Politics Live pundits would say, the “optics” on this are disastrous:

We’re seeing the party that said “you lost – get over it” about the EU referendum failing to get over its own loss in a by-election.

Remember all the times Mr Farage and his Brexiteers said Remainers only wanted a second referendum because they didn’t get their own way in the first?

Isn’t he demanding exactly the same thing now?

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.


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