That’s right, it’s come to this,
yes it’s come to this,
and wasn’t it a long way down,
wasn’t it a strange way down?
— Leonard Cohen, from “Dress Rehearsal Rag”
I’ve used the title and epigraph for this post several times in the past. I expect I’ll need to use them again in the future. And, given the current freefall of Western political culture, they could well become so clichéd that I’ll eventually have to abandon them.
Just step back for a moment and contemplate how far we have fallen in the past decade or two. Tonight’s focus is on Great Britain, but the situation in Sweden, or Canada, or Germany — or even in the United States, from time to time — could be as easily adduced.
The façade of liberal democracy is still being maintained everywhere, but the institution itself is actually a corpse. It’s like that old movie Weekend at Bernie’s, where two guys carry around a dead body, propping it up and manipulating its limbs to make it seem alive.
At some point, however, the smell will become noticeable…
As you all know by now, the renowned Counterjihad activist Tommy Robinson was arrested last Friday while he was doing a live-stream report on the final phase of a “grooming” trial at Leeds Crown Court. The suspected crime for which he was apprehended was “breach of the peace”, even though it is widely assumed that he was picked up for violating the ban on reporting about the trial.
Since Tommy was still on probation for an earlier (and similar) offense, his arrest was a violation of the terms of his probation. He was immediately taken before a judge, convicted, and sentenced to thirteen months in prison, reportedly in Hull. Since then there has been at least a partial media blackout on reporting about his arrest.
On Saturday morning my good friend Steen, the proprietor of the popular Danish blog Snaphanen, emailed to ask me if there was anything he could do to help, besides writing about the case. Like the rest of us, he was worried about what might happen during Tommy’s incarceration amongst mostly Muslim prisoners.
I told him it would be a good idea to donate to Tommy (here). However, I’m afraid that money alone may not do the trick like it did a few years ago. In that previous case his supporters mounted a big fundraising push and raised enough money to hire a QC (which is like a high-powered defense lawyer). Thanks to his improved legal representation, he was acquitted of the ludicrous charges that had been laid against him.
Given the rate at which people are donating to him, he should be able to hire competent counsel this time, too. His arrest has generated a lot of attention among us deplorables — despite the media muzzle, the word got out, to the point where at least three major demonstrations have been mounted in London over the weekend.
This case is different from previous ones, however. The arrest was obviously planned well in advance, and the “breach of the peace” charge is a just vague catch-all term that comes in handy against troublesome dissidents who need to be suppressed. The goal was to whisk him in front of judge for violating his probation and get him bunged inside as fast as possible. And if his culture-enriching fellow inmates happen to rough him up a little too much and cause his unfortunate demise — well, that will save the State a lot of trouble and inconvenience. “We deplore this cowardly act, and will act firmly to bring the perpetrators to justice under the full severity of the law…” etc blah yak.
The authorities seem to have him sewed up tight, and I’m not sure that a QC will be enough to engineer his release. This was a political arrest, and the only thing that could spring Tommy now would be the same thing that got him put away: political pressure.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Home Office — under the leadership of the recently appointed Home Secretary, Sajid Javid — gave the orders and arranged the banging-up of Tommy Robinson in Leeds. And putting political pressure on the Home Office is the only way his imprisonment could be reversed.
So who will put pressure on the Home Office? Obviously not the Tory leadership, who are neck-deep in the conspiracy to silence Tommy Robinson. And Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party would be at least as glad to see Tommy rot in prison. The Lib-Dems — in the unlikely event that they were to take a principled stance on the issue — no longer have any meaningful clout. And UKIP has even less.
Even if Tommy weren’t a Catholic, I doubt the Archbishop of Canterbury would intercede on his behalf. And I don’t expect Pope Francis to take an interest in his case.
So who does that leave? Who can hold the government’s feet to the fire?
It’s up to ordinary Britons — and by that I mean people who are descended from those who have inhabited the British Isles for many centuries, including but not limited to the English, the Welsh, the Scots, the Irish, the Cornish, and the Manx — to take to the streets and make their displeasure with their government felt.
Saturday’s demonstration in front of No. 10 was a heartening turnout on such short notice, but a thousand people is not enough. According to Bodissey’s Law*, a minimum of 10,000 demonstrators is necessary before a despotic regime can be persuaded to reverse a significant political decision.
Those 10,000 people don’t have to be violent, but it helps if they are angry. When Cousin Theresa parts the curtains at No. 10 and peers out the window, she needs to see a mass of sullen people packing the street and blocking traffic as far as the eye can see in both directions. That will help focus her attention.
And it needs to happen over and over again, with increasing numbers each time, until the Powers That Be begin to fear for the continued tenure of their well-upholstered rumps in their customary seats. Then, and only then, will they reluctantly reverse their ill-considered course.
The problem is getting Tommy out of prison before they kill him. As of right now (May 27, 2018 at 9:17pm EDT), it’s still not clear whether there are enough British patriots who are willing to risk their careers, their savings, their freedom (such as it is) and possibly their lives by taking it to the street on behalf of their endangered fellow British patriot.
Fortunately, the news of Tommy’s arrest has spread far beyond the nook-shotten Isle of Albion. Yesterday I saw it in the German, Swedish, and Danish news. And today Tommy made it to the top the Drudge Report, which may have the greatest reach of any news-aggregating site on the Internet. There was a photo of Tommy with three accompanying links, one of them to this lengthy Fox News story.
So America is well aware of what is happening to Tommy. But I doubt that will be enough. Even a phone call from President Trump to Prime Minister May on Tommy’s behalf would probably not be sufficient.
This time it’s up to the British people to vote with their feet on the street.
Are there enough of them left to constitute a quorum?
|*||The choice of 10,000 as the significant minimum for Bodissey’s Law (which I just invented yesterday) is not capricious, but rather based on the precedent set back in 2009 by Nazir Ahmed, Baron Ahmed — better known to his adoring fans as Lord Ahmed — who managed to prevent Geert Wilders from showing Fitna in the House of Lords by threatening to mobilize 10,000 angry Muslims on the street outside Parliament. That magic number was enough to set well-tailored limbs a-trembling in Whitehall.