I usually stay close to home, because I do my show every weekday. But as you know, I’ve gone to the U.K. half a dozen times in recent months for the endless trials of Tommy Robinson.
And I'm going back again tomorrow.
I think this is his fifth court appearance on the same matter — and I fully expect there to be a sixth.
Just a recap:
On May 25, Tommy Robinson was live-streaming political commentary outside a courthouse in Leeds, UK, where inside a Muslim rape gang was on trial. (As chance would have it, the verdict in that trial was actually released just three days ago. Twenty men have been found guilty of being part of a grooming gang that raped and abused girls as young as 11 in Huddersfield.)
Tommy was outside the court, talking about the phenomenon. Not talking about the particulars of the case at hand; but talking about the nationwide phenomenon: In Rotherham alone, 1400 girls were raped over a 16 year period “because people in authority were scared of being labelled racist if they tackled it,” as the Daily Mail reported.
For live-streaming his political commentary outside the court, Tommy was swept off the streets, taken to a police station, charged with contempt of court, prosecuted, convicted, sentenced and jailed in just a few hours, and sentenced to 13 months in prison.
The hearing was so fast — mere minutes — Tommy himself was not allowed to say a word; the judge who threw Tommy in prison — the same judge who was presiding over this rape gang trial — didn’t even watch Tommy’s video. He just threw him in prison. For talking about what rape gangs do.
We crowdfunded his legal bills. And we got him out of prison — after they made him served 10 weeks in solitary confinement. They starved him in there, because a Muslim prison gang cooked the food, and they made it clear to Tommy that they would poison him. So he starved — the prison warden wouldn’t even let him buy food, with his own money. He lost 40 pounds in 10 weeks.
The UK Court of Appeal finally released him, threw out the outrageous ruling from Leeds, and gave a devastating condemnation of the conduct of the case against Tommy.
But bizarrely, they ordered a second trial of the same matter. That’s what Tuesday’s hearing is about.
Just to remind you — Tommy was put in a relatively safe prison at first, but after a week or so, he was transferred to one of the highest Muslim population prisons in the UK. Don’t tell me that wasn’t done to kill him. Or to break him, by forcing him into solitary confinement, claiming it was to protect him.
That’s a political prisoner.
The Court of Appeal itself says he ought not to have been imprisoned. (Contempt of court isn’t even a crime, by the way — it’s akin to a speeding ticket.)
What irks me about this isn’t that this obscures the crisis:
The rape of a generation of British girls, and the underlying problem of culturally unsuited migration bringing rape culture with it.
But what also troubles me is that the establishment is a party to it, and the media in the UK is so complicit.
So I’m going back over there; in fact, I’ve pre-taped this show, and I’m en route right now.
And I’m bringing with me a group of other reporters, from around the world, who are not necessarily Tommy fans, but at least are neutral enough to report honestly from court.
We’re crowdfunding that — you can see more at RealReporters.UK if you’re interested.
Or, come back after the break, and you’ll meet one of those real reporters:
Commentator Andrew Lawton of London, Ontario. We talk about his approach to covering Tommy's case.
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