Last night we posted an essay about Tommy Robinson, the Quilliam Foundation, and a young woman named Julia Ebner who wrote an article for The Guardian sounding the alarm about “right-wing extremism”.
A commenter named Itinerant left some useful links for videos of Tommy Robinson engaging Haras Rafiq, the CEO of Quilliam, and confronting Julia Ebner in Quilliam’s offices. Below are two of the relevant videos.
You’ll notice that Miss Ebner defends herself by asserting that she never actually said that Tommy was a white supremacist. It was her attempt to make a Jesuitical distinction, but not even a Jesuit could have successfully argued that no connection was made between white supremacists and Tommy Robinson. Here’s what she actually wrote, with the relevant parts highlighted:
That the far right has moved from the fringe into the mainstream demonstrates the massive support that white supremacist movements have attracted from digital natives. Their online followership often exceeds that of mainstream political parties: with over 200,000 followers, Tommy Robinson’s Twitter account has almost the same number of followers as Theresa May’s.
The word “Their” at the beginning of the second sentence clearly refers to “white supremacist movements” in the previous sentence. The second sentence is compounded with an independent clause set off by a colon (“:”), whose subject is “Tommy Robinson’s Twitter account”.
If young Miss Ebner had wanted to preserve plausible deniability, she should have partitioned that second clause into a separate sentence using a period or full stop (“.”). Then a Jesuit lawyer might have been forced to agree that yes, it’s true she did not associate Tommy Robinson with white supremacy. As it stands, the association is a grammatical certainty.
The first video is an excerpt from a BBC program in which Haras Rafiq and Tommy Robinson talk about the latter’s visit to Quilliam’s offices in an attempt to talk to Julia Ebner and defend himself against slurs that he is a white supremacist:
And here is the full video report from TheRebel.media, excerpts from which were shown in the first video:
A reminder: Tommy’s book Enemy of the State is available in a Kindle version from Amazon USA.