#FREETOMMY

Everywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy
‘Cause summer’s here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy
Well what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock ‘n’ roll band
‘Cause in sleepy London town
There’s just no place for a street fighting man
No
Hey! Think the time is right for a palace revolution
‘Cause where I live the game to play is compromise solution
Well, then what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock ‘n’ roll band
‘Cause in sleepy London town
There’s just no place for a street fighting man
No
Hey! Said my name is called disturbance
I’ll shout and scream, I’ll kill the king, I’ll rail at all his servants
Well, what can a poor boy do
Except to sing for a rock ‘n’ roll band
‘Cause in sleepy London town
There’s just no place for a street fighting man
No
Songwriters: Keith Richards / Mick Jagger
Street Fightin’ Man lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc

I am not a particular fan of Tommy Robinson. But his lightening arrest, trial and sentencing may serve the larger purpose of putting people in the streets in support of free speech.

5000 in London is not a lot. But it may be enough to bring the Football Lads Alliance (and here is the Vice article) into the street and then the outrage at Robinson’s railroading to prison will have some legs. As will the outrage at the publication ban which a) has cowed the British Press, b) created an international Streisand effect with everyone, including Donald Trump Jr, commenting, c) demonstrated just how lame Facebook and Twitter really are (#FreeTommy should be trending hard…instead it is nowhere).

To date, the regular Brits have pretty much shut up and hoped for the best. Jailing Robinson for essentially standing in front of a Courthouse and then putting up a suppression order to prevent any comment may be the step too far which brings those regular Brits into the streets.

 

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One thought on “#FREETOMMY

  1. Terry Rudden says:

    The publication ban has been lifted, thanks to lobbying by The Independent.

    There are couple of points that you didn’t explore. One was the fact that Tommy was jailed for breaching conditions that he had agreed to as a condition for release, following his previous serial disruption of the Grooming Trial. Since the Free Speech Martyr stance (Help, Help, I’m Bein’ Repressed!) is part of his brand, he has to do this sort of thing periodically. Can we forego the pretense that this wasn’t a choice he made, deliberately?

    The other point is the real impact of his showboating. The term of short-lived restraining order expired upon conclusion of the legal proceedings in question. I suspect that’s because the Crown is concerned that the defense may argue that Robinson’s public and unrelenting taunting and mockery of the accused demonstrates the Crown’s failure to safeguard the integrity of the trial and protect the rights of the accused. Yep, I know: assumption of innocence and prisoner’s rights aside, I have zero sympathy for the defendants. But if Tommy’s self-promoting histrionics result in a mistrial, or even an appeal – whose purposes are being served?

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