Tommy Robinson’s Appeal at the Royal Courts of Justice – Wednesday 18 July 2018

     #FreeTommy

As most of you will know by now, Tommy Robinson was arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced for Contempt of Court by a judge at Leeds Crown Court on Friday 25 May 2018. Since then, there have been numerous “Free Tommy” demonstrations up and down the country, with tens of thousands of people demonstrating outside Downing Street in Whitehall on several occasions in May, June and July.

An appeal to Free Tommy was launched and crowdfunded by Ezra Levant, the founder of Rebel Media in Canada, in conjunction with Tommy’s family, and was originally scheduled for Tuesday 10 July. The Crown asked for more time to prepare and the appeal was finally heard on Wednesday 18 July. I was there at the Royal Courts of Justice on the day, and had the honour of meeting Ezra Levant in person. He had flown in from Canada specifically to cover the trial, and live-tweeted the proceedings as they unfolded in the court.

Tommy Robinson himself was not present in the court, but appeared on a video-link screen. He looked relaxed and engaged with the proceedings by confirming that he could see and hear everything that was going on in the courtroom.

The appeal was heard by the Lord Chief Justice for England and Wales, the Rt Hon Sir Ian Burnett who was sitting alongside the Hon Mr Justice Turner and the Hon Mrs Justice McGowan.

There were around 50 members of the public in the gallery, with maybe another 50-100 demonstrating outside with flags and banners proclaiming “Free Tommy – Free Speech” – although everyone inside and outside the court appeared to be on their best behaviour – and in fact the judge commented on how well-behaved the public gallery was considering the amount of interest that had been generated in the case.

Mr Jeremy Dein QC opened with the arguments for the defence, and it quickly became apparent that the defence team were seeking not only to have Tommy’s conviction at Leeds Crown Court quashed, but also to have his conviction at Canterbury Crown Court one year previously overturned as well. The arguments were twofold – that proper procedures had not been followed by the judges in either case, and that even if the convictions for contempt of court were to be upheld, the sentencing was disproportionate and Tommy should therefore be released with time served.

The barrister for the Crown, Mr Louis Mably QC, put forward some counter-arguments to suggest that on the contrary, there were no anomalies in the procedures employed by the judges at Leeds or Canterbury, and that the sentence was proportionate under the circumstances. Then it was time to break for lunch.

During the lunch break I had an opportunity to talk with Ezra Levant and to get his thoughts on how he felt the case was progressing. He said that the senior judge appeared very fair-minded and displayed some sympathy with the defence position through his questions and interventions.

I was interested to see a couple of Orthodox Jews in the public gallery – they declined to have their photographs taken but expressed great concern for the issues raised by Tommy Robinson during his campaign to highlight the depravity of Islamic grooming gangs. It just goes to show that the Tommy Robinson case affects all non-Muslims and not just the “racist”, “bigoted” and “Islamophobic” white working-class people as they have been unjustly portrayed in the mainstream media.

After the lunch break, the defence team explored some of the more technical aspects of the case in detail and summarised the case for the defence with the following arguments relating to the conviction and sentence handed down by the judge at Leeds Crown Court:

  • No attempt was made by the judge to identify the precise nature of the breach of Contempt of Court at the time
  • As a consequence, no detailed and appropriate discussions could take place in conference with Tommy’s defence counsel and no submissions could be made by defence counsel on behalf of Tommy at the time
  • Tommy was not told what specifically what he had done wrong, and the judge failed to set out the powers of punishment available to him
  • Insufficient time was allowed for Tommy to reflect upon the charge and to take advice from sufficiently qualified defence counsel at the time
  • Tommy was deprived of an opportunity to submit full and comprehensive  mitigation at the time
  • The sentence was disproportionate for a breach of Contempt of Court and the conditions under which Tommy is being held (albeit for his own safety) meant that he was being treated in an unduly harsh manner

Now this is my personal opinion, but I had a feeling that the senior judge, the Rt Hon Lord Chief Justice Burnett was leaning more strongly towards the arguments put forward by the Tommy’s defence counsel, and less strongly towards the counter-arguments put forward by the Crown prosecutor. However, after a short recess, the judges returned to announce that they were going to reserve judgment for the time being (not unusual in cases of this complexity) and would do their best to deliver a judgment before the end of July.

Naturally this result was a little bit of a disappointment to those in the public gallery who were hoping that Tommy would be released forthwith, but at least the judges did not dismiss the appeal out of hand, and no doubt wished to evaluate the impact of any precedent that might be forthcoming as a result of their judgment.

I have included here an interview with Vlad Tepes in which I elaborate on my thoughts concerning the trial and the events surrounding it.

When the date for the final verdict is announced, I intend to travel down to the Royal Courts of Justice once more in order to report on the proceedings and hopefully to interview the various personalities involved with the case and to get their reactions. Watch this space!

Tim Burton

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Free Tommy Robinson – Demonstration at Whitehall on Saturday 14 July 2018

 Peppa Pig causes a kerfuffle

Saturday 14 July saw yet another massive demonstration outside the gates of Downing Street. Patriots from every walk of life streamed into Whitehall to protest the unjust imprisonment of Tommy Robinson, who was jailed for a disproportionate 13 months following his arrest, charge, trial and conviction in the space of three hours on Friday 25 May – a process which would be unworthy of a kangaroo court in a banana republic.

There were a handful of so-called “Antifa” counter-protesters, who were safely corralled at the other end of Whitehall, holding up placards with the same tired and worn-out phrases that we have seen so many times before. Placards with phrases such as “Racists”, “Nazis”, “Islamophobes” and of course “Fascists” were displayed in abundance – all the while the real Fascists were wailing and gnashing their teeth at being unable to effectively counter the enormous demonstration of support for Tommy.

Despite the vilification of Tommy Robinson by the Left and in the MSM (the biased mainstream media) polls suggest that two-thirds of the British public think that he not only should not have been jailed, but also that the entire process was fundamentally flawed and desperately in need of review.

Once again, tens of thousands of loyal supporters turned up on a warm and sunny July afternoon to hear speeches from many prominent politicians (such as Gerard Batten, the current leader of UKIP and a man who really “gets” Islam and the numerous problems associated with its unwelcome presence in our country.)

The video of Gerard Batten’s speech can be found here.

It is an incredibly powerful speech and even if you do nothing else today, I would urge you to watch and listen to it in its entirety. Just how powerful can be gauged from the reported response of the snowflakes on the Left of the political spectrum, who have been clutching handkerchiefs to their collective bosom and reaching for the smelling salts.

There was also a very inspiring speech from Geert Wilders, which had to be presented via a video link as our government shamefully declined to provide any security for his intended visit on the day of the demonstration, and also would not allow his armed Dutch security detail to provide protection. Given that Geert Wilders has had to live with 24/7 security for the past decade, due to the ever-present threat of death from rabid Muslims, the governments’s position on this matter is indefensible.

The video of Geert Wilders’ speech can be found here.

There was also a speech given (via video link) from Malcolm Lord Pearson of Rannoch, who is a lone voice in the House of Lords protesting against the Islamisation of our country. In recent days, his call for investigations into the hate speech spewed from all too many mosques and Islamic institutions has been met with accusations from Their Lordships of – wait for it – “hate speech.” You couldn’t make it up.

The video of Lord Pearson’s speech can be found here.

There were many other speeches from politicians in France, Sweden and Germany – and an impassioned speech from Kev Carroll, the cousin of Tommy Robinson, who has been a steadfast supporter of Tommy for many years. The entire event was very professionally hosted by Raheem Kassam, the former editor-in-chief of Breitbart News London, who did an excellent job of controlling the crowd and explaining that the police were only there to protect them (although I’m not sure that I entirely agree with that.)

It is at this point that I must explain the significance of the Peppa Pig photo at the top of this article. The photograph was taken during an element of high drama during the afternoon’s proceedings, and I was there personally to witness what happened.

A woman in the crowd had obviously decided to express her disapproval of Sadiq “Saracen” Khan (the current Mayor of London who is manifestly unfit to hold mayoral office with his support for radical Islamist groups) and hoisted aloft a helium-filled Peppa Pig balloon with the likeness of Sadiq Khan attached to it.

Now, what with Sadiq “Saracen” Khan being a Muslim and all, there was always a possibility that some Muslim, somewhere in the world, would become offended (they don’t call Islam the Religion of the Perpetually Offended for nothing, you know.) This prompted a dozen or so police officers to force their way into the crowd mob-handed to try and arrest the woman in question. The incident even prompted a contingent of mounted police officers to drive their horses into the crowd, which I personally felt was an unnecessary provocation in the face of what was essentially a peaceful protest.

During the scuffle, where many patriots who were surrounding the woman chanted “Shame on you! Shame on you!” towards the police – the balloon miraculously escaped the clutches of the police as it was passed from hand to hand through the crowd. Every now and then it would reappear, hovering above the crowd, tethered with a bit of colourful ribbon, and eventually the police gave up trying to retrieve it.

This could well add fuel to the fire of “Balloon Wars” where patriots have rightfully mocked the current Mayor of London for his support of a Trump blimp at a recent anti-Trump protest in London. They do say that “what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander” – and even Michael Fabricant, the Conservative MP for Lichfield, has got in on the action.

      Balloon Wars

Far be it from me to suggest that the display of numerous Peppa Pig balloons should become “de rigueur” at future patriotic events, balloons adorned with not only the likeness of Sadiq “Saracen” Khan, but perhaps also with the likeness of Fiyaz “Fizzy Bollocks” Mughal, the founder and Mendacious Grievance-Mongering Taqiyya-Artist-In-Chief of Tell Mama UK. The presence of hundreds, if not thousands of these balloons would undoubtedly complement the usual array of patriotic flags on display at such an event, although it would also no doubt be misrepresented as “racist”, “bigoted” and “Islamophobic” by the biased mainstream media.

But I digress.

An appeal has been scheduled for Wednesday 18 July at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, and I intend to be there to report on it in person. The mainstream media can no longer be trusted to give accurate and unbiased information to the public, and it now falls to citizen journalists to present the truths that our political elites find inconvenient.

I am sure you will all join me in hoping and praying for a favourable outcome for Tommy Robinson, a much-maligned true British hero who has been unjustly treated by the Establishment in their clumsy attempts to cover-up the scandal of Islamic Grooming gangs and other manifestations of the presence of Islam – a barbaric, totalitarian political ideology which (in my humble opinion) has no place in any civilised Western country.

Tim Burton

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Patriots On Trial – John Banks takes on the system at Doncaster Magistrates Court

  Justice in Doncaster

On Wednesday 04 July I attended a civil hearing at Doncaster Magistrates Court, where a prominent patriot and political activist, John Banks, was fighting to defend his freedom to protest against the Islamisation of our country.

He was also there to defend his right to forcefully criticise government policies – and to criticise those organs of the state complicit in perpetuating those policies whilst at the same time trying to cover-up a well-orchestrated programme of enormous injustice against the British people.

I have known John a long time, both as a political activist and as a friend, and I have long felt that the systematic persecution of such patriots and political activists should be reported on and openly discussed so that “we the people” can realise the extent that the State will go to suppress the righteous indignation of ordinary citizens who see what is unfolding right in front of them and who wish to warn others of the inevitable outcome, which may well extend to civil war on our streets within a generation.

John Banks has a long and honourable history of standing up and saying the things that the State would rather not have said or broadcast. I have attended several events where John has given powerful and impassioned speeches concerning not only the Islamisation of our country, but the attempted cover-up of one of the most outrageous scandals of our time – the rape and trafficking of thousands of our young and vulnerable children by predatory Muslim rape gangs – or as the media would say – “grooming gangs” as detailed in the 2014 book “Easy Meat” by Peter McLoughlin.

Needless to say, John has had to contend with some of the worst things that the State has been able to throw at him, and on this occasion he was required to appear before Deputy District Judge Russell in a civil hearing to determine whether he should be jailed for breaching the terms of an ASBO.

An ASBO is short for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order. These were originally devised to deal with children and teenagers whose rowdiness occasionally got out of hand, and rather than to subject them to the full criminal court process, it would deal with behaviour that “caused -or was capable of causing – harm, harassment, alarm or distress to any person.”

“Any person.” Not “any reasonable person.”

Any person who was, or could have possibly been, or who could claim to have been “alarmed or distressed” by the actions of John Banks or any other individual, could have his complaint dealt with via a legal process resulting in an Anti-Social Behaviour Order. It is not difficult to see how easily this process could be abused to suppress thoroughly justified and politically motivated protests by patriots such as John Banks.

On this occasion at Doncaster Magistrates Court, the police were trying to argue that John was in breach of an ASBO issued when he made a political protest that was deemed not to have met evidential standards that would have justified criminal charges.

This was serious. If John had been found to be in breach of his ASBO, he could be facing six months to two years imprisonment, and this was at a time when various political activists such as Jayda Fransen, Paul Golding and Tommy Robinson had recently been jailed on various trumped-up charges – all of which fell into the category of “activities that make the State look bad when it has become obvious that the State has become derelict in its primary duty of keeping its citizens safe.”

On the morning of Wednesday 04 July, the police opened their case by playing some CCTV recordings of John Banks speaking at various rallies in Manchester, Rotherham and Sunderland. There were snorts of derision from the public gallery when it became obvious that the police prosecutor was unable to get to grips with the “ClickLink” video system designed to communicate CCTV recordings to everyone in the courtroom, and even  more so when the bundles of documents comprising the evidence against John were presented to the judge, as they were hopelessly disorganised.

Eventually the police prosecutor had to resort to playing the CCTV recordings on his laptop, once to the judge, and once to the defence counsel and the rest of us in the public gallery. Full marks for improvisation, I suppose, although one could easily see that the judge was not impressed.

The CCTV recordings admittedly showed John using “colourful” language to denounce the Islamisation of our country, and to denounce the predatory behaviour of increasing numbers of Islamic grooming gangs.

He was also very scathing concerning the seeming inability of the police, social services and government to effectively deal with the increasing problems that have been caused over the last 20-30 years as a result.

However, at no time was John seen to be inciting murder or mayhem, and he was careful to draw a distinction between Muslims as people and the ideology of Islam itself. He only said what many of us already knew – that if things kept going the way they were, then we were headed for very dark times indeed, and that we were now in a perilous situation that could have easily been avoided if only the State had not been guilty of gross dereliction of duty in its failure to keep its citizens safe.

After much discussion back and forth between the police prosecutor and the judge, it eventually transpired that one of the CCTV recordings was missing. A courier was dispatched to track down the errant CCTV recording and in the meantime the trial was momentarily postponed.

During the break I was able to chat with John Morley, who was acting as an advocate for John Banks. I told him that I wished that I had had him representing me at my trial at Southwark Crown Court in 2017. He would have made short work of Fiyaz “Fizzy Bollocks” Mughal in the courtroom.

Eventually the errant CCTV recording was delivered to Judge Russell and the case resumed. The police prosecutor argued that John had been obstructing the police in their duty of arresting Jayda Fransen at a public rally, however Judge Russell appeared to acknowledge the argument put forward by the defence that on the contrary, the CCTV recording showed that John was merely trying to have Jayda escorted through the crowd towards the police lines in a safe manner, and that there was no attempt to obstruct the police.

Despite our initial forebodings, Judge Russell found that although John Banks’ actions undoubtedly constituted “behaviour causing, or capable of causing harm, harassment, alarm or distress to any person” under the current wording of the Act relating to Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, the case was not strong enough to allow the police to exercise their “powers of arrest” in this instance.

Not only that, but as the original ASBO had come with no time restrictions, the Judge set a limitation of twelve months for the duration of the ASBO. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the police prosecutor, who having seen defeat snatched from the jaws of victory in terms of having John summarily arrested, had argued that the ASBO should at the very least have been kept in place for an extended period of time.

I was pleased -as I am sure most of John’s numerous supporters who were present at the hearing were pleased -to see John emerge from the Court a free man (albeit with a twelve-month restriction on his political activities.)

In my opinion both John Banks and his advocate John Morley deserve medals for heroism in the face of the enemy, although I doubt whether our current spineless Prime Minister Theresa May would agree. We will probably not see a nomination for Lord Banks of Doncaster any time soon. However, the battle to save our country continues, and as the old Buddhist saying has it – “Never underestimate the power of one drop of water. On its own it may seem insignificant, but over time it will wear away the biggest stone, or fill the largest ocean.”

Tim Burton

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