… until, one day, there wasn’t.
In Leeds late last week, Tommy Robinson was covering yet another Muslim rape gang trial from the courthouse steps. He was threatened repeatedly by the defendants’ families and supporters while doing so and, according to reports, pushed and shoved. His assailants weren’t arrested, however. He was (video here)..
Bundled into a paddy wagon, denied access to his lawyer and dragged before the judge hearing the grooming-gang case, he was in Hull Prison before the sun went down, sentenced to remain there for the next 13 months. On top of that, because he could, the judge ordered there be no reporting of the case, an order with which Fleet Street immediately complied.
No matter what one thinks of Robinson, it is hard to believe such summary “justice” is now an accepted part of the law in the land that gave the world Magna Carta. At the Gatestone Institute’s website, Bruce Bawer writes:
…the judge who sentenced him also ordered the British media not to report on his case. Newspapers that had already posted reports of his arrest quickly took them down. Even ordinary citizens who had written about the arrest on social media removed their posts, for fear of sharing Robinson’s fate. All this happened on the same day.
A kangaroo court, then a gag order. In the United Kingdom, where rapists enjoy the right to a full and fair trial, the right to the legal representation of their choice, the right to have sufficient time to prepare their cases, and the right to go home on bail between sessions of their trial. No such rights were offered, however, to Tommy Robinson.
Bawer’s column can be read — should be read — via this link or the one below.