Tommy Robinson, the erstwhile founder of hate groups like the English Defence League and Pegida UK is out of action today. It’s not entirely clear what happened but various far right sources are claiming he’s gone down for 13 months after being found in contempt of court yesterday in Leeds.
Robinson, who was already on a 3 month suspended sentence for contempt of court in Ramsgate live-streamed himself outside Leeds Crown court yesterday commenting on the trial of various alleged child groomers and paedophiles. Previously claiming to be a reporter for ‘Rebel’, a Canadian far right news outlet, Robinson now has his own independent ‘news’ outfit although quite how it’s funded is far from clear. He seems to have ignored a reporting ban imposed on the trial and thus found himself arrested for his pains.
His online video showed him being arrested, apparently for ‘breach of the peace’ but then subsequent online claims by his supporters cite contempt of court. It seems that this much at least is correct.
It’s interesting that he’s rumoured to have been given 13 months when his suspended sentence was only for 3 months. We’ll have to await the official reports to find out exactly what the truth is.
That didn’t stop the usual far right crowd from building themselves a rather rickety little bandwagon and filling it to capacity with a handful of supporters to protest about ‘free speech’. Not that this is anything to do with free speech. It’s almost certainly about justice, non-interference with court cases and reporting bans imposed on ongoing trials.
The stupidity of the far right in misunderstanding the nature and purpose of UK law (you know – the thing they want ‘Johnny foreigner’ to respect) is so commonplace it hardly raises an eyebrow in the EBF office any more.
What did sicken us was the disrespect and blatant hypocrisy of Katie (Hatie) Hopkins. This outspoken haridon, this advocate of all things Aryan, this hater of humanity had the audacity first to plagiarise and then to distort Pastor Niemoller’s famous anti-nazi poem, “First they came for the socialists…”
To liken Robinson to those who opposed the Nazis in pre-war Germany is like comparing your local butcher with the national vegetarian society. Robinson, like Hatie herself has much in common with the nazis who so persecuted pastor Niemoller and next to nothing in common with the decent people of UK who fought against them.
Tommy Robinson is being lauded as a hero of free speech when really he’s nothing more than a jumped up football hooligan who saw an opportunity to turn hatred into hard cash.
We hope he really has gone away for 13 months but quite frankly – we have our doubts.