Much has been written about the recent case of Tommy Robinson, his apparent summary trial and incarceration.
- The swiftness with which injustice was meted out to Tommy Robinson is stunning. No, more than that: it is terrifying.
- Without having access to his own lawyer, Robinson was summarily tried and sentenced to 13 months behind bars. He was then transported to Hull Prison.
- Meanwhile, the judge who sentenced Robinson also ordered British media not to report on his case. Newspapers that had already posted reports of his arrest quickly took them down. All this happened on the same day.
- In Britain, 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.
In 2014 an Islamic teacher who repeatedly molested a terrified girl of 11 as he taught her the Koran has escaped a jail sentence because his wife’s English is so bad.
In the latter case it would appear that no reporting restrictions were imposed. Why? Does this mean that we have two codes of justice? If so, why? Is not the right to one’s own solicitor inviolate?
For those arrested and taken to the police station unexpectedly, they will be offered the services of a solicitor when they arrive at the police station. You have the right to use a solicitor of your choice.
Why was this right apparently overridden?
When the State and/or the Courts can ‘gag’ the media, wherefore democracy? Wherefore freedom of information? Wherefore ‘free speech’? When Judges are unelected and only answerable to the State, wherefore democracy?
What this case involves is; no more, no less; censorship, in which case I repeat: wherefore free speech, wherefore freedom of information, wherefore democracy?
Welcome to 1984 – but 34 years later. Who has allowed this, but a compliant, servile, people who appear unable to take an interest in how they are governed.
As ye sow, so shall ye reap – and on that point, don’t start me on Brexit!