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The War Against Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson arrested

Tommy Robinson arrested outside Leeds Crown Court while live streaming and jailed the same day without trial

The rule of law is fragile, and relies on the self-restraint of the majority. In a just society, the majority obey the law because they believe it represents universal values—moral absolutes. They obey the law not for fear of punishment, but for fear of the self-contempt that comes from doing wrong.

As children, we are told that the law is objective, fair and moral. As we grow up, though, it becomes increasingly impossible to avoid the feeling that the actual law has little to do with the Platonic stories we were told as children. We begin to suspect that the law may in fact—or at least at times—be a coercive mechanism designed to protect the powerful, appease the aggressive, and bully the vulnerable.

The arrest of Tommy Robinson is a hammer-blow to the fragile base of people’s respect for British law. The reality that he could be grabbed off the street and thrown into a dangerous jail—in a matter of hours—is deeply shocking.

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Assault on free speech

Throughout the West there is a remorseless assault on free speech through the agency of human rights commissions, political correctness and racial discrimination laws.

It was a sad day for free sppech in Australia, when on 28th September 2011 Justice Bromberg in a long, rambling homily, found Andrew  Bolt and the Herald & Weekly Times guilty of conduct that contravened section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. In two columns, ...

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Bolt trial: free speech under threat

White "Aborigines" use Racial Discrimination Act to stifle criticism. 

Andrew Bolt's show trial.

What do these women have in common?

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