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Started by breakfast on 07-May-2017 11:05:43
The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked

Billionaires, Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, Brexit and Trump and stuff like that.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07
/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

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clammy - 07 May 2017 13:24:45 (#1 of 431)

What democracy?

rgtstoppedcounting - 07 May 2017 13:27:47 (#2 of 431)

Stopped reading at "A shadowy global operation....".

ie at the start.

bailliegillies - 07 May 2017 15:26:24 (#3 of 431)

What always surprised me about the Brexit vote is that those who voted leave never looked at the people fronting it and the billionaires behind it. All of them were establishment figures or had made their money in finance and no one asked what's in for them, why are they so keen to get us out and how are they going to benefit?

AlanII - 07 May 2017 15:30:05 (#4 of 431)

It was very like the Trump victory in that a part of the elite fronting it cast it as anti-elitist and enough people fell for it in both circumstances. The article is quite interesting.

FleurDuMal - 07 May 2017 15:30:30 (#5 of 431)

They weren't really told. All they saw were a bus, promising the NHS £365 million extra per week, and posters threatening that millions of Turkish immigrants were about to come to Britain.

All the fault of nasty rags like The Sun, DM and Telegraph

JohnIlly - 07 May 2017 15:34:53 (#6 of 431)

So all these electoral laws have been broken. If that had happened in a proper election then several constituencies would have re-runs and a few people could be jailed.

In the case of the referendum the second action could, possibly, be taken but as sure as hell the referendum will not be re-run.

chacqueschirac - 07 May 2017 15:42:18 (#7 of 431)

Stopped reading at "A shadowy global operation....".



You would.

SharkPatoo - 07 May 2017 15:45:38 (#8 of 431)

To be fair to riggers he had to stroke his white cat and make sure the cleaner had done a good job on the nuclear bunker he had built in an extinct volcano.

Shabbyman - 07 May 2017 15:45:43 (#9 of 431)

Riggers got the result he wanted. That the whole thing was likely bent is immaterial to him.

Cormorant - 07 May 2017 15:46:46 (#10 of 431)

Thick racists.

Shabbyman - 07 May 2017 15:52:31 (#11 of 431)

The point is that vast sums of overseas money were spent to target the thick racists and make sure they turned out to vote. There were only 600,000 votes in it after all.

phantlers - 07 May 2017 15:55:23 (#12 of 431)

It was a wreckers' vote. Hooligan nation.

xDiggy - 07 May 2017 15:55:36 (#13 of 431)

There is no need for a shadowy global operation to push xenophobic populist bollocks in the U.K. The tabloid press and the Tory Party are quite happy to do it for free.

TigerPaws - 07 May 2017 16:20:21 (#14 of 431)

The turn out for Brexit was high compared to the council and mayor elections.

The people were galvanised!

The article assumes however that Brexit is evil a robbery, when there are solid progressive reasons for Britain to leave the EU.

I don't agree with most of them but to assume all Brexit supporters were duped by some sort of pyycs conspiracy is time wasting journalism, focusing again on the power of the big men and not on the real issues affecting austerity impacted households.

TigerPaws - 07 May 2017 16:33:11 (#15 of 431)

The other assumption is that democracy was working fine before it was hijacked!

And in all of this the individual is passive and helpless and didn't realise the extent to which Facebook was a front for pycps operations!

Ebadlun - 07 May 2017 16:33:43 (#16 of 431)

It would be nice if the anti-elitist uprising against austerity actually manifested itself in people not repeatedly voting for the elites imposing austerity.

AlanII - 07 May 2017 16:49:44 (#17 of 431)

It would be nice if the anti-elitist uprising against austerity actually manifested itself in people not repeatedly voting for the elites imposing austerity.

Yes, exactly.

Verdigris - 07 May 2017 16:51:31 (#18 of 431)

It would be nice if the anti-elitist uprising against austerity actually manifested itself in people not repeatedly voting for the elites imposing austerity.



Makes you wonder how they got a reputation for being thick racists.

Sportinglesbian - 07 May 2017 16:52:28 (#19 of 431)

https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_galante_how_to_exp
loit_democracy

TigerPaws - 08 May 2017 01:12:31 (#20 of 431)

Uprising?



An 'uprising' would be a situation where people bypass democracy, maybe take to the streets, if they are not particularly organised, or pursue disruption such as cyber crimes.

Spontaneous uprisings are easily disrupted by the state.

There could have been an uprising back in 1984 when the state used force to close down the mines.

Large numbers were united over the Poll Tax. Protests do sometime achieve change.

One problem is the fragmentation of the left's identity into extreme left, hard left, cultural left, the elite left, and the failure of activists to go into communities and do field work!

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