An online search for "William Oliver Healey" reveals a host of results, almost all of which point to the petition itself or news articles and blog posts about the petition, and almost none of which lead to a real human being called "William Oliver Healey".
No-one seems to be asking the simple question, who is "William Oliver Healey"?
From the beginning, the UK Column alone has described the entire referendum process as a "psychological operation". We have stated that that operation is designed to:
- distract the public from the bigger policy items which threaten their sovereignty and liberty much more than the EU ever did.
- create complete division between people: not only white/black, Muslim/Christian, rich/poor, but now division among families, friends and work colleagues.
We pointed out that somehow David Cameron had managed to have his friends and colleagues placed in charge of the Leave Campaign, controlling the opposition debate on one hand, and sidelining UKIP in the process without anyone other than UKIP supporters seeming to worry about it. The aim here, we allege, was not so much to make sure the final result was to Remain, but to make sure that the subject matter of the debate was restricted to jobs and immigration.
The aim was to divide. The outcome was irrelevant.
As the "campaigns" ran, with Remainers campaigning for Leave, Leavers suddenly jumping ship to Remain and vice versa, it should come as no surprise, perhaps, that there is a possibility that "William Oliver Healey", now running a petition for a second referendum, should have campaigned for Leave.
Now, at this point, I must point out that I have no confirmed evidence that the person I am about to present is the author of the petition. I am, at this point, asking the question, is he?
William Oliver Healey
The William Oliver Healey that I would like to draw to your attention was a student at de Montford University in Leicester, where he studied politics. He stood for the Disabled Students' Representative role at the Student's Union, claiming to suffer from Aspergers.
Following his university career, he joined the English Democrats, for whom he stood in 2014 as MEP for the East Midlands euroregion. During that campaign he wrote:
As a personal opinion of my own devising: I believe it is time that the 7.5million economic migrants who came here to economically enrich themselves and who have failed to integrate should now be returned to their place of national origin.
William Oliver Healey campaigned tirelessly for the "Leave" side during the referendum campaign.
If at this point you are wondering why an apparent "Leaver" would start a petition calling for a second referendum, ask yourself why would a lifelong Europhile like Boris Johnson lead the Leave campaign? "I changed my mind" doesn't seem to cut it.
We are in the midst of a psychological operation. We have been since the start of the referendum process. The strategy is one of tension, division and civil unrest.
Is this the same William Oliver Healey who created this petition? I have asked Mr Healey for comment but have had no response so far. I will update this article should he do so. If this is the same, then there are some questions to be answered. Is William Oliver Healey working both sides of the argument with a view to creating division? Some Twitter speculation suggests his motivation is to force the government to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
Or perhaps this is not the creator of the petition at all. If not, then could the real William Oliver Healey please step forward?