I have developed a general rule not to sign petitions or joint letters. I realise that this flies a bit in the face of the spirit of communal action, but my experience is that nothing much good has come from it, that I've sometimes had to spend days defending my reasons for signing, and that it is generally better to take the trouble to write down your own views than simply sign up to what has been written for you.
That said, I did sign the petition asking for a second referendum, even though there were several other reasons not to. I'm not just talking about the number of rogue votes, if such they were, but also about the democratic problem: if the people have cast their vote, why do you think you should ask to re-run the whole thing just because it didnt turn out the way you wanted? I hope my justification for that will become clear later.
But the truth is, I guess, that I signed not because I thought that there was any or much chance of achieving a re-run, even if that is desirable -- but because I thought that a few million votes on this campaign might put iron in the soul of some MPs who might be minded to try to sort the Brexit mess out
For mess it surely is.