March 21, 2019

UK police are now visiting people at their homes — for writing mean tweets. Is Canada next?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Last week I told you how, when I was in the United Kingdom reporting on a trial involving Tommy Robinson, the judge in that case stopped the hearing, and demanded to see the journalism licences from the reporters in the room.

(And by the way, that same judge wouldn’t let in the public — even though there were 23 empty chairs in the court — saying she didn’t want the room to be “overfull.”)

And the worst part of this was that the journalists in the room who did in fact have licences — that’s not something we have in Canada or the United States, of course — held them up so proudly, as proof that they were part of the fancy class.

I also told you about how that judge specifically lectured me, that if I didn’t stop tweeting my opinions about the trial — even from outside the courthouse — I could be held in contempt of court. I asked her if there was a tweet in particular that bothered her, and I swear to God, she said the one where I'd joked about how I’d be thrown in a dungeon for tweeting!

But I’ve got another story for you from the UK.

And to my Canadian and American friends who might be sick of hearing about the UK, or about Tommy Robinson, my point is this:

How far away do you think this is from coming to this side of the Atlantic?

Tonight, I'll show you a cell phone video, taken by someone who was mouthing off a bit about Brexit, that if — after over two years of delays and other attempts to undermine the will of the voters — if the government refuses to go through with Brexit on the March 29 deadline, there ought to be an uprising.

I think he’s right of course.

But the police just showed up to his house. I'll also show you a two-minute tape of their interaction, as captured on the bloke’s cell phone.

Now, if someone calls for violence in a credible, imminent way — if someone is saying, "I want someone to attack an MP" — it’s fair for police to stop by, and if circumstances warrant it, arrest him and charge him.

But here, the police say several times that his comments on social media did not rise to that level; that what he said was not illegal.

They also claimed they weren’t there to debate him. Then why were they there?

It’s obvious. To scare him. To let him know he’s being spied on. To take his courage away; to put in the back of his mind that he might be arrested next time.

There is an epidemic of real crime in the UK by the way — knife attacks, acid attacks, rape gangs that entrap and exploit British girls as young as eleven. And of course there are the 23,000 Muslim jihadis the government is trying to track. As in: potential terrorists.

But they send two cops around to talk to a guy about his mean Brexit tweets.

Oh, but that’s not all.

TONIGHT I'll show you a report by the popular Good Morning Britain show, hosted by Piers Morgan:

A journalist has been accused of a hate crime, after she misgendered a trans person on Twitter. Hate crimes have a maximum two-year prison sentence.

(By the way, there are 900 “hate speech” police in the London police force alone...)

Here's the woman who is being investigated:

I don't know about you, but it me, all this sounds like Canada, about ten minutes from now, doesn’t it?

NEXT: Our Alberta team, Sheila Gunn Reid and Keean Bexte, have been in full campaign-reporting mode ever since Premier Notley dropped the writ this week.

However, I always enjoy talking to veteran Edmonton Journal columnist Lorne Gunter for his insights into Alberta politics; he joins me tonight!

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

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commented 2019-03-23 22:20:41 -0400
ALBERTA MAGA commented 19 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson how is this about Ezra?
AMAGA, Andrew never misses an opportunity for a drive by ad hominem to distract from the real message.
commented 2019-03-23 03:47:02 -0400
Al Peterson it is funny that Andrew felt different about the landlord having his life destroyed, funny how that is different to the hypocrite.
commented 2019-03-23 03:45:42 -0400
Andrew Stephenson how is this about Ezra?
commented 2019-03-23 00:34:54 -0400
Oh, Andrew, I forgot- I double dog dare you to ask them. Go on. Be a sport and let us all know the answers you get.
commented 2019-03-23 00:33:32 -0400
ANDREW STEPHENSON commented 14 hours ago
Perhaps the Brits have had enough of foreigners like Ezra invading the country and trying to impose their own morality on it?
Good thing the thousands of muslims who are invading Britain are not imposing their morality known as sharia on it, eh, Andrew?
Ask the hundreds, if not thousands, of girls raped by them if they are more annoyed with Ezra’s comments or the musllm’s actions.
commented 2019-03-22 21:48:22 -0400
I find Trudeau and all of his crew’s lying to Canadian’s being highly “offensive”! When is Trudeau and Co. going to be doing the perp walk?

I’m with Hyacinth commented 15 hours ago….

In the coming election only those that do not vote and those that vote Red will be to blame just as it can accurately be stated at the moment, how the system is set up the rest are forced along for the ride.
commented 2019-03-22 20:55:02 -0400
I take issue with Jay Kelly; I believe those of us who follow the Rebel do vote. Its the majority of Canadians who are apathetic to politics who don’t.
commented 2019-03-22 20:00:39 -0400
Ralph Goodale has already been instructed to look into legislation regulating social media regarding “offensive” language. Who determines what is offensive?
commented 2019-03-22 15:44:53 -0400
- Great to see that the police in the UK have solved all the serious crimes in the country & have the time & resources to investigate hurt feelings. Right now these “visits” are intimidation tactics. They want people to self censor. That will work on some but not others. If you reported a Muslim for hate crimes against the LGBT, you would likely be charged with a hate crime for doing so.

- I would like to see the Senate given some of the powers of the Commons – enough to make it important (without giving more power to the government overall). Every province would have 3 Senators & each territory would have 1. Then any party that wanted power would have to consider all of Canada. (I can dream anyway). The NDP are DOA in this election. Kenney could kill Santa Claus in front of a stadium full of people & he’d still win. My concern is what comes next. Alberta needs a real opposition so this NDP style nightmare is not repeated.
commented 2019-03-22 13:28:07 -0400
Al Peterson commented – “But Hyacinth only 31.9 % of Canadians voted conservative. The rest (68%) voted for some flavour of leftist/marxist. Perhaps we do deserve it if the 31.9%of have not spread the word”

The Dippers aren’t in power, the Greenies aren’t in power, the conservatives aren’t in power, the Bloc are not in power, the Red Tent is. So for all intensive purposes IT IS the fault of those that did not vote and the idiots who voted Red. As I said, the rest are forced along on the ride due to how our system is set up.

Jay Kelly commented “…Most right-wingers, including most Rebel readers, will not vote. They will complain that no one represents them. …”

Good to see that things have not changed that much, as before as now Kelly is still consistently wrong.
commented 2019-03-22 13:13:55 -0400
All morning CTV NEWS has been showing the video of the Catholic Priest being stabbed in the Montreal Church.

This is very strange as if someone shows the Mosque shooters video they could get 10 years in jail. Some are already arrested for this. I can only guess that it must have been a White Priest, so according to the MSM, it’s OK to show.
commented 2019-03-22 12:01:42 -0400
Concerning censorship, our [censored] [censored] PM, [censored] [censored] [censored] Trudeau, has already instituted speech laws and has proposed others. These [censored] laws would prevent anyone with a contrary opinion from being able to voice or write anything the government might not like that day. How can calling a biological [censored] a [censored] get you in the crosshairs (oops, bad word) of the law?

Most conservative and centralist opinionated people will be prosecuted for saying something like [censored] [censored] or [censored]. Even saying [censored] might get you into the slammer. The Royal Canadian Internet Police? We won’t be able to say [censored] out loud or on line.

PS, The Rebel should apply for QCJO status; just refuse the funding. This will mess with [censored] Trudeau’s head. how would the [censored] Toronto Star, the Montreal Gazette (a really [censored] paper), or the [censored] kissing CTV feel being in the same company as The Rebel?
commented 2019-03-22 11:50:12 -0400
Ezra is correct, what happens in the UK is but one step away from CA. The fact that PM May(be) and PM Trudeau work for the same boss dose not help matters. They both need to be fired…From a large cannon if possible.
commented 2019-03-22 10:57:41 -0400
In 2015 there was a high voter turnout relative to recent years — 68%. Some voted just to get rid of the stink of Stephen Harper. Many voted for the young son of the great Pierre — the great white hope. Many voted just to avoid Justin.

In the next election Trudeau will rally the troops around the idealistic flag again. Andrew Scheer will garner votes from moderates who cannot vote Liberal. Jagmeet Singh will attract those who are genuinely ideological and attracted to style (he was stylish enough before he married a fashion designer) — “love and courage”. Maxime Bernier will attract another ideology — Quebecers who are afraid of foreigners from the east or from Alberta.

Most right-wingers, including most Rebel readers, will not vote. They will complain that no one represents them. Jagmeet Singh, Andrew Scheer, and Justin Trudeau will dance around each other claiming they are the best to represent young social justice voters (Trudeau is the eldest, by the way).

We will probably have a high voter turnout again, and it will not be conservative.
commented 2019-03-22 10:36:29 -0400
Perhaps the Brits have had enough of foreigners like Ezra invading the country and trying to impose their own morality on it?

Contempt is contempt. The medium is irrelevant.
commented 2019-03-22 10:20:14 -0400
But Hyacinth only 31.9 % of Canadians voted conservative. The rest (68%) voted for some flavour of leftist/marxist. Perhaps we do deserve it if the 31.9%of have not spread the word.
commented 2019-03-22 07:08:09 -0400
“If Justin gets voted in again then Canada DESERVE THIS!!”

How do you figure that all Canadians would deserve this Alberta Maga?

In the 2015 election only 68.49 per cent of eligible Canadians voted. Breakdown of 2015 election: Liberals received 6.9 million votes (39.9 per cent), conservatives 5.6 million votes (31.9 per cent), NDP received 3.4 million votes (19.7 per cent), Green party received 600,000 votes (3.4 per cent), Bloc received 818,000 votes (4.7 per cent).

In the coming election only those that do not vote and those that vote Red will be to blame just as it can accurately be stated at the moment, how the system is set up the rest are forced along for the ride.
commented 2019-03-22 03:06:10 -0400
commented 2019-03-22 03:05:30 -0400
If Justin gets voted in again then Canada DESERVE THIS!!
commented 2019-03-22 03:05:03 -0400
I wonder how many people said this would never happen in the UK? Just like the people saying it can’t happen in Canada? It is coming if Justin gets back in.
commented 2019-03-22 02:52:07 -0400
Ezra, I have enjoyed your stories from Britain. The headline from this one made me laugh. I am imaging two British police constables, dressed in smart uniforms, arriving at my door in Canada.
“Good morning, sir, sorry to disturb you. We ’ave a report that someone by your name ’as been sending out rather mean tweets. Any truth to that?” Me: “But I don’t tweet. I don’t even know how to.” Them: “What’s that in your ’and then, Looks like a tweeting machine to us.” Me: “It’s just my cell phone.” Them: “Oh, alright. Sorry to disturb you.”
“One more thing. Can you tell us ’ow to get to Moose Jaw?”
commented 2019-03-22 01:32:22 -0400
There’s a breathless hush in the Close to-night—
Ten to make and the match to win—
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season’s fame,
But his captain’s hand on his shoulder smote
Play up! play up! and play the game!

‘The sand of the desert is sodden red,—
Red with the wreck of a square that broke; —
The Gatling’s jammed and the Colonel dead,
And the regiment blind with dust and smoke.
The river of death has brimmed his banks,
And England’s far, and Honour a name,
But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks:
’Play up! play up! and play the game!

’This is the word that year by year,
While in her place the school is set,
Every one of her sons must hear,
And none that hears it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a torch in flame,
And falling fling to the host behind—
’Play up! play up! and play the game! 

Sir Henry Newbolt
commented 2019-03-22 01:05:39 -0400
it would be so sweet if we had a politician who had a spine to speak up on these issues. Max is better than the others but that is being damned by faint praise.
commented 2019-03-22 00:41:13 -0400
I hate to say it, but, Albertans voted for whatever party was running in the last election out of anger and look at the trouble that got them and all of Canada in. I certainly hope they get it right this time.
commented 2019-03-22 00:13:37 -0400
For my whole life Calgary and Alberta has been the place to go to get your first professional job to start building your career because of its prosperity. Notley has impoverished that great city and province and made it a place to avoid (unless your a government employee.) She is the latest example of what the socialist NDP do to provincial economies. Looking forward to her losing the election and for Alberta to relight the furnace that drives the national economy. Love you Alberta!
commented 2019-03-21 22:50:44 -0400
Fildebrandt’s turn will come the following election, when Notley is long gone, and Kenny has proven not conservative enough.

Our country has swung so far to the left, they you could never go from say, from Trudeau to Bernier in one fell swoop. You’d actually have to back out of our socialist ways one step at a time.
commented 2019-03-21 22:25:29 -0400
Criminal Law is made in the EU and enforced in Britain. This is one of the reasons why sensible people want to Brexit.

The EU, just today has extended the Brexit date from the 29th of March to the 22nd of May but it has to be voted on and approved by the British Parliament first. This could possibly be the end of Theresa May as Prime Minister…With luck. Whatever happens, Britain will leave the the EU on the 29th, it has been written into law and would require an act of parliament to change it. There is not enough time to do this before the 29th of March and this is why the EU has granted the UK until the 22nd of May…Oh the webs we weave……..