It’s the Fourth of July, or as the Americans call it, Independence Day.
That’s the day the United States, the 13 colonies, formally declared themselves independent of the United Kingdom, and laid out their case for why.
The Declaration of Independence is a remarkable document. I’m reading this today, not just because it’s the Fourth of July for our American friends, but because there is a trial underway today, in the United Kingdom itself, that I believe is an echo of the tyranny outlined in the declaration almost 250 years ago.
I see a man, named Tommy Robinson, who is on trial for being a journalist, for reporting from outside the Leeds County Court last May.
And the Attorney General of the UK, under an allegedly Conservative government, has chosen to prosecute Tommy once again, for that same day back in Le3eds, more than a year ago.
So why is he being prosecuted again? They can’t say he upset the trial — he didn’t. They noted that he tried to comply with all the rules — he checked with police, he checked with the court officers. So what did he do wrong?
They are literally arguing that he caused distress to those rapists on their way into the court. I’m not kidding.
So I’m recording this monologue in Toronto — by the time you watch this, I'll have filed my first reports on the trial, and you can WATCH them ALL at RealReporters.uk.
Keep watching tonight's show for my breaking UPDATE on Tommy's trial today, taped in London this afternoon!