Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. – Frederick Douglass
In case you haven’t heard the Tommy Robinson story yet: Several days ago Robinson, an English citizen, was standing near a courthouse where a jury was deliberating in a trial about Muslim groups’ gang rapes of English girls. Robinson had his cell phone out, filming the courthouse and asking defendants questions as they entered. The police arrested Robinson on the pretext that this violated UK law about a fair trial – though they haven’t done this in similar cases.
“Some supporters of Robinson have been pointing out that there have been reporters outside the trials of celebrities accused of child abuse (Rolf Harris, for instance). But the comparison isn’t exact. It is exceptionally difficult to put reporting restrictions on the trial of a household name…”
Bullshit. Just do exactly the same thing: Arrest any reporters who try it.
But the arrest by itself is not really the story. The story is this:
After less than five minutes of a hearing without a jury, a judge sentenced Robinson to 13 months in prison. The judge also issued an injunction forbidding any media from reporting on the fact that Robinson had been arrested, given a meaningless no-jury four-minute “trial,” and thrown into prison for more than a year.
In other words, the English government disappeared a citizen. They seized him, threw him in prison with no trial, and threatened the media into silence about it.
Needless to say, people concerned with civil liberties were alarmed, and got around the censorship and lit up the Net. But UK media sources were gagged. They were forbidden from even saying the man’s name.
Finally, a few days later, under immense political pressure, the English government lifted the gag order. But Robinson is still in prison for 13 months.
Some relevant links:
And the left’s reaction? The left-wing media’s typical reaction was “For some reason, right-wingers are concerned about the Tommy Robinson thing.”(I’m not going to link them, but you can easily find the links yourself).
Time magazine’s headline: Why Is the Global Hard Right Upset About Tommy Robinson?
(If you’re alarmed by governments disappearing their citizens, apparently you’re “hard right.”)
Financial Times: How Tommy Robinson won the support of the global alt-right.
Just to make sure the point is clear, The Guardian weighs in with this breathtakingly Orwellian headline:
Tommy Robinson is no martyr to freedom of speech.
If you’re too young to have solidified political allegiances yet, ponder that: The left is now running interference for governments that jail their citizens secretly and without trial. And they’re calling people who are alarmed about this “right-wingers.” I’m pleased the left is conceding that the right is more concerned about civil liberties than the left… but how sad that that’s true in the first place. This shouldn’t be a right/left thing; it should be a sane thing.
And what about England?
The English media were incredibly craven about this. They should have defied the judge’s blackout and fully reported the story in all detail, while emphasizing the fact that the government would soon censor the story and presumably drag the media people off to prison. “When this story disappears from the Internet, you will know that police have raided our location, or at least threatened our Internet service provider into removing this page.” When that actually happened, then all their readers would be alerted to the censorship.
We can no longer just cave in to this sort of thing; it’s time to “push the contradictions,” as the Left used to say.
I’m disgusted by the craven cowardice of the English in this matter. They let their girls be raped and don’t do anything about it. And they let the government get away with censorship as a ringing slap across the face, adding insult to injury. What other nation would allow its girls to be raped by hordes of hostile foreigners, without doing anything to the rapists or the government officials who aided the rapes?
No other nation in the world would submit to this without many government officials swinging from lampposts.
Englishmen will never be slaves “Go ahead and rape English girls; we’re too craven to do anything about it.”