The latest attempt by the British government to silence Tommy Robinson has failed: Today a judge threw out a police banning order against Mr. Robinson for his display of a banner at the Euro football tournament in France last June.
Tommy’s “crime” had been to hold up a sign that read “F*** ISIS”, which was said to incite hatred of Muslims. The judge may not realize it, but if he had upheld the police order, he would have been implicitly acknowledging that Islam and ISIS are essentially the same thing.
Thus the banning order might have been upheld if Tommy had displayed a banner with “F*** Islam” or something similar written on it. So today’s decision is hardly an indication that free speech has returned to the UK.
Tommy was able to win this victory because of his ability to hire effective legal counsel. This would not have been possible without the establishment of his legal fund, and the concerted drive for donations to it. Thanks to you, the readers of Gates of Vienna and other “Islamophobic” websites, Tommy had effective representation in court.
Today’s good news is a reminder of the importance of keeping the Tommy Robinson fund topped up. Every time the British establishment has another go at him, Tommy’s trustees are required to draw down the fund to pay his legal fees (a Q.C. in this case, if I’m not mistaken). I doubt HM government has given up on their attempts to suppress him, so this will be an ongoing process.
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Below is an article from Breitbart with the good news from Luton:
Judge Dismisses ‘Vague And Cagey’ Police Case Against Tommy Robinson After ‘F*ck ISIS’ Flag Incident
The leader of Pegida UK, Tommy Robinson, appeared in court today, successfully arguing against the imposition of a ‘Football Banning Order’ by Bedfordshire Police.
The police had sought to argue that an English flag held up by PEGIDA UK leader Robinson with the words “F*** ISIS” printed on it amounted to incitement of hatred against Muslims.
Attending Luton Magistrates Court today with her client, Mr. Robinson’s lawyer Alison Gurden argued that attempts to impose the order amounted to an attempt to breach his right to freedom of speech and assembly.
According to Mr. Robinson, the judge agreed, dismissing the police’s case against him as vague, cagey, and not genuine.
Judge “evidence is vague & cagey & not genuine” case dismissed
— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) September 19, 2016
Bedfordshire Police tried to serve him with the order in June of this year to ban him from attending the Euro 2016 football tournament, only to find that he had arrived in France days earlier. Upon his return to Britain, he was immediately served with the order and his passport was confiscated, preventing him returning to France to watch further matches.
During his time in France, he was pictured holding an English flag with the words “F*** ISIS” emblazoned upon it. The incident appears to have prompted the police to argue in their application for the banning order that Mr. Robinson posed “a significant risk of both violence and disorder… This is especially so in terms of his established capacity to organise disorder from an anti-Muslim perspective”.
The ban would have prevented him from walking in Muslim areas of Luton, his hometown, for the next three to five years. But Mr. Robinson opted to contest the application, resulting in his successful court appearance today.
Earlier this month, Ms. Gurden argued in a blog that the case was merely a front for the Home Office to restrict Mr. Robinson’s movements in an attempt to thwart his legal political activities.
“This Football Banning Order application aims to prevent Tommy Robinson from entering the town of Luton for 12 hours on a Saturday when Luton Town FC are playing a home match, and from attending events overseas where England is represented,” she wrote.
“Without a Football Banning Order, the Home Office would struggle to find a legal mechanism to restrict Mr Robinson’s movements, as his political protests are not unlawful. While some may not agree with his views, Mr Robinson has just as much right to lawful protest as any other individual or group.
“Hence it is a logical conclusion that this application is made as an abuse of the Bedfordshire Police power as it is actually an attempt by the Home Office to restrict Mr Robinson’s movement and expression of his political beliefs.”