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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