Tommy Robinson Verdict Is a Travesty of Justice

Tommy Robinson Verdict Is a Travesty of Justice, by James Delingpole.

Tommy Robinson has yet again been found guilty of contempt of court and now faces up to two years in prison. …

The judges at the Old Bailey may have concluded today that Robinson was technically guilty of contempt of court when he livestreamed outside the Leeds trial of a Pakistani rape gang. As far as his many supporters will be concerned, though, Robinson is really being punished for being a member of the white working class who had the temerity to draw attention to a national scandal — Muslim grooming gangs — which the Establishment has long sought to play down. …

The ostensible crime:

The case dates back to 2018, when — in his role as citizen journalist and crusader against the grooming gangs which have preyed especially on white working-class communities around Britain — Robinson filmed and tried to interview some of the defendants outside one such trial.

Robinson’s case was and is that he had never had any intention of breaching court reporting restrictions. On the contrary, he had taken great pains to check — both with court officials and police — that he was not potentially in contempt of court.

The real crime:

Two months ago, when Robinson was standing as a candidate in the EU elections, one Establishment insider confidently told me that there wasn’t a chance Robinson would ever take up his place at Brussels, even if he was elected. Decisions had been made at the highest levels that Robinson was an inconvenience and that, if necessary, he would have to be put back behind bars.

You can dismiss this as conspiracy theory if you will. But it is certainly the case that no one has done so much time — ten weeks, most of it in solitary confinement for his own protection from the Muslim prison gangs which would happily have killed him — on such a flimsy contempt of court pretext as Tommy Robinson.

UK government policy, certainly under Theresa May, has been to avoid all confrontation with problematic elements in the Muslim community and instead to try to persuade the public that the threats of terrorist incidents or predatory rape gangs are overblown; and that furthermore the threat from the “far right” is at least as dangerous.

As the mainstream media’s favourite example of the “far right”, Robinson has long been considered fair game for all manner of vicious criticism.

I’ve argued before that Tommy Robinson is the Establishment’s Emmanuel Goldstein: unfairly selected as the state’s officially sanctioned target for the public’s righteous hatred, regardless of anything he has or hasn’t done wrong.