A few weeks ago I was introduced to the divisive figure of Tommy Robinson by my nephew in England who had posted a Face Book page. The Face Book page concerned the appointment of a Muslim Sajid Javid as British Home Secretary. Along with this he posted a picture of Tommy Robinson with captions about the Radical Islamization of Britain. He asked for my opinion. I replied as follows
” I’m probably disappointing you here Paul but I read a number of articles on Sajid Javid and just find him an ambitious politician. He is a non practicing Muslim married to a Christian wife with four children. I assume if he doesn’t practice his religion then his kids will be brought up Christian. So I don’t see some grand design for Muslims to take over England in his being promoted to Home Secretary. I don’t believe in identity politics where the individual takes on the personality of the group. I hope that English parliament and rule of law are strong enough to withstand any one person. But of course the future will tell. As I said before I am still trying to understand the Muslim world which was founded on violence and has a propensity to mix politics and religion. But I do not lump 1 billion Muslims in with the extremists. It’s a complex faith. ”
I also looked up a bio of Tommy Robinson. He was born Stephen Yaxley-Lennon in 1982 in Luton, England. His parents were Irish immigrants. He changed his name to Tommy Robinson taking it from a prominent member of a hooligan crew which follows Luton Town Football Club. He has spent time in prison for disturbing the peace and forged documents. In the past he has been a member of far right groups but in December ,2015 he founded the British arm of PEGIDA ( Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West) a group founded in Germany to protest against the influx of Muslims from the Middle East. In 2012 he was part of a BBC documentary ” When Tommy met Mo” discussing Islamism and the Muslim community. Mo Anwar is a political and social commentator.
I personally find Tommy Robinson’s character to be rough edged and in your face and is not the type of person I would associate with. But I am talking about his views not his character. He formed PEGIDA to combat what he saw as the political correctness and lack of frank discussion on the politicization of Britain by Muslims as they gained access to seats of power through democratic means. He suggested that Islam is a political religion and their religious thinking would govern their decision making on local councils etc. He in particular took issue with the grooming gangs preying on 13-15 year old white girls which had been going on in Britain for 30 years. These grooming gangs usually hung around schools and institutions for homeless children to befriend them,offer them drugs and alcohol which eventually led to prostitution. There are a number of such cases before the British courts. These grooming gangs are mainly Muslim. In at least one instance the police withheld a report about gangs of Muslim men grooming children in case it inflamed race relation before a national election. Political correctness once again comes before justice. There are a number of articles on this subject on the Internet.
On May 25, 2018 Tommy Robinson was arrested and told he was breaching the peace because he was live steaming outside a court room where a grooming trial was taking place of a number of Muslim men. He was on public property. This is where is all gets hazy and in my view slightly sinister. He was arrested by a number of police officers put in a van and whisked away. His friends went to the police station where he was to be charged and was told he wasn’t there and had probably been released. They phoned his lawyer who confirmed this. However, subsequent events confirmed this was a lie as within hours he was dragged before the courts and sentenced to 13 months in prison for contempt of court. He was not allowed to retain his own lawyer who was familiar with the previous case which led to the contempt charge but a lawyer present in the court. Furthermore a publication ban was put on the whole proceeding so main street media could not comment on his situation. On May 29 these reporting restrictions were lifted after complaints to the judge. I’m writing this because I had , perhaps naively, stood up for the ” English Rule of Law”. I’m now rethinking this statement.