Free Tommy Robinson: Turning the Moment into a Movement

May 27, 2018 by

by Simon Harris:

In yesterday’s article I used the image of the spirit of King Arthur awakening from a long slumber as an analogy for how I expected the British people would react to the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of Tommy Robinson for reporting on the trial of a gang of Muslim rapists at Leeds Crown Court. You can read what I wrote here in The Arrest of Tommy Robinson: The Spirit of King Arthur Awakens and I appear to have been right.

Downing Street Demo

Yesterday afternoon, a few thousand people demonstrated outside the British Prime Minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street in London, where the now familiar “Hey Tommy Tommy!” chant was augmented with “Shame on you!”. The protest was largely good-natured and civil but the behaviour of a few idiots climbing the gates with cans of lager in their hands allowed the London Evening Standard photographer to snap some compromising photos and their reporter to headline his article “Hundreds of far-right protesters descend on Whitehall after Tommy Robinson arrested for ‘breaching the peace’”.

A little later there was a rather UKIP-oriented rally with great speeches from leader Gerard Batten, former leadership candidate Raheem Kassam, former UKIP now independent MEP Janice Atkinson and my good friend Luke Nash-Jones. This is very important because if the #FreeTommy moment is to become a movement the political parties have to get involved.

Broader Response

UKIP and For Britain will obviously speak up for Tommy because of their principles but renegade Conservative, Liberal Democrat or even Labour politicians will only take an interest if they have the more self-interested reason of attracting potential voters. For this reason it was very positive to see that when I woke up this morning the Free Tommy Robinson petition addressed to Theresa May had close to 200,000 signatures.

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