May 25, 2018 - TOMMY ROBINSON ARRESTED AGAIN -
LIKE GANDHI, LIKE MANDELA
May 23, 2018 - an interview with Tommy Robinson, on
- his response to people who have given up,
- laughing though the situation is desperate,
- himself long before any activism,
- his development over the past decade,
- the huge change that has happened for him over the past 2 years, because he now can feel the massive support he has,
the suggestion that we might just be seeing a Prime Minister in the making.
He feels he's in a good comfortable space.
Two days later, May 25, 2018, the word went out: Tommy Robinson has been arrested again. This time, it is for (supposedly) disturbing the peace. He was going about his business of being a reporter - not on the side of those in power.
His arrest brings up thoughts of people like Gandhi and Mandela. Gandhi was arrested over and over. Mandela (a true danger to the state) spent 27 years in prison. Both spoke out against those in power, and both demanded change.
There are major differences between Gandhi, Mandela and Tommy. Gandhi was a lawyer - well educated. Mandela was the son of a tribal leader - a prince, one might say.
Tommy is working class. In fact, the mainstream media has smeared him for his class background, for instance as a football hooligan.
The largest difference is that Mandela was arrested for his involvement in major terrorism, with massive amounts of bomb-making material; and he never spoke out against this or against terrorism; instead he kept close to the ANC (the group he was tied to), despite the horrific murders done by ANC people in the name of the ANC.
Gandhi was also initially involved in violent activities. (For more on Mandela and Gandhi, search out Stefan Molyneux' excellent videos on The Truth about Mandela, and The Truth about Gandhi.)
Unlike Mandela and Gandhi, from the beginning Tommy has always been for peaceful protest.
He has also always been openly and strongly against racism as well as homophobia - against discrimination against individuals.
His protest has always been against an ideology, Islamic ideology - because Islamic ideology, as expressed repeatedly in the Quran, is against Western human rights and freedoms. It upholds, for instance, violence against non-Islamic people (such as vulnerable indigenous British girls). He has also always been against behaviors that violate human rights - like the "grooming" of indigenous British girls by largely Islamic rape gangs, and against the inaction of the police, social workers and government officials for decades.
However, while there are differences between Mandela, Gandhi and Tommy, perhaps there is a huge connection. Perhaps we are seeing, once again, a major political leader in the making.
Tommy Robinson, a man with the courage to keep speaking out, and with an amazing capacity to lead.
Perhaps Tommy will be the next great leader of Great Britain.
A few key points on the arrest: he was ostensibly arrested for reporting information, but is was information already publicly available. He was reporting in the same location as other reporters who were not arrested. His solicitor was told he was being released, so did not show up to defend him. But Tommy was not released. Instead, within 5 hours, he was sentenced to 13 months in jail.
Within a couple of days, over half a million people worldwide had signed the petition asking for his release. Protests erupted worldwide - Australia, Canada, Israel, France, Germany, as well as Great Britain, of course.
To sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/theresa-may-mp-free-tommy-robinson