And they say it is patronising to suggest that leave voters didn't know what they were voting for...
and that is also patronising.
Miner has clearly stated what he thought he was voting for and it is not what he was actually voting for.
You misundertand the meaning of 'advisory'. You drew a false distinction between 'advisory' and 'compusory' before, and you are not the only one. The so called 'compulsory' referendum, was not in fact such - the wording appeared to leave a big hole.
Did it? I think that hole is only apparent upon a close legal analysis.
And you appear to want it both ways: a referendum that was clearly set out to be advisory must be treated as compulsory because a referendum that was set out as compulsory had a hole in it and could have been treated as advisory.
Referenda have no formal or proper status - even within an informal constitution.
Are you saying that the House of Lords has no status? Or that their report
They are however the direct and clear expression of the will of the people. If the politicians wanted more complex answers, they could have asked better questions. Blaming those who answer is hardly appropriate.
Direct perhaps, but clear? No.
It might have been a clear expression if there had been any pretence that it was to be a binding vote. There was none*: it was explicitly discussed in Parliament as to whether they should require a super-majority or consider the devolved nations, and they explicitly rejected those suggestions specifically on the grounds that it was an advisory referendum and therefore they did not need to.
You cannot have it both ways: either we knew what we were voting for or we did not.
If we did, then we knew unequivocally that the referendum was advisory and voted accordingly. If we did not know that, then we did not know what we were voting for.
* Some might point to the government's assertion that the vote would be followed as a pretence that it was a binding vote, but at the same time that same government was campaigning on a pack of lies. This is a black and white issue: either we accept that politicians lie, in which case we reject the government's assertion, or we refuse to accept that they do in which case we must reject the referendum.
And that is the crux of it. The nation is making the most important decision in modern history and it is not only making that decision based upon lies, it is underpinning the fundamentals of the constitution with the very principle that politicians tell lies.
Take me to your lizard...