by John Bean
As Rod Liddle said: Was Tommy Robinson arrested for being Tommy Robinson?
Readers may well think he’s an enigma for starters in that it is not his real name and that he has spent as much time in making known his over-zealous support of Israel as he has in opposing the expansion of Islam in the UK.
TR may well be an odd ball but he has managed to organise several marches and gatherings in the past of those sufficiently concerned over the Muslim influx. To do so was his democratic right, as it was also for those who supported him. What has happened most recently appears that in Britain our historical democratic rights are subtlety being diminished.
TR turned up in Leeds on May 24th to film people going into the trial of several Muslim men accused of grooming and sexually assaulting white girls. He did not speak, chant, accost anyone or do anything other than point his mobile phone at attendees from a distance. Nor was he with a crowd of supporters or opponents. Still, seven policemen turned up and bundled him into a police van accusing him of a breach of the peace. In no way did the West Yorkshire Police act with as much rigour and alacrity on the early occasions when they were first told of the horrific sexual assaults taking place in their community. Some say that they thought this might be interpreted as racial prejudice. I am not a fan of Robinson. But I do not like the idea that simply being Robinson is enough to get you arrested. Or that writing something in his defence puts you somehow beyond the pale.
The judge ordered a reporting restriction on TR’s case to continue until several other trials were completed. What does a ‘reporting restriction’ cover? Does it mean you can’t even say a trial took place, nor mention any sentence given? Also, surely someone among the judiciary must realise that if Robinson’s present 15 months remains he will be murdered by Muslim jailbirds before his time is up?