(1) #DidYouKnow that the UK's so-called freedom fighter "Tommy Robinson" is actually Stephen Lennon, Stephen Yaxley, or Paul Harris & once claimed to be Andrew McMaster?

He has an assault, drugs & fraud rap sheet as long as your arm, too.

Time for some facts about him.
(2) The above quote is from this piece. I'm still researching his background online but even from the first few articles I've found it's clear he's a common criminal who carefully massages a public image that is swallowed hook, line & sinker by his fans.

(3) I don't normally rely on leftist sources like the BBC and The Guardian but the basic facts reported, such as criminal convictions can't be spun. I think "TR" relies on his fans' suspicion of "establishment" media to dissuade them from objectively fact-finding about him.
(4) I've long given up on any so-called right wing activists/pundits who are openly bigoted against all Jews, Muslims, Protestants, Catholics, gay people or women. TR is an anti-Islamic bigot. I separate humans into two groups: criminals and others. Happy to attack criminals.
(5) I do NOT lump all Muslims in together with the tiny minority of them who have committed violence. IMO Islam has been co-opted by the National Socialists that survived WWII & regrouped far from Europe, to threaten us ever since. Jihadism & Communism are bedfellows, essentially
(6) More than a year ago I did hold strong views about Islamic Extremism but I had no idea about the true nature of the ideology behind it. It's a political movement that cynically co-opted a religion for political reasons. I do not fear the Muslims who live near me in rural NZ.
(7) So, back to TR. He's just been jailed (again) for 13 months this time. His supporters falsely claim the "real" reason is part of the British state's "vendetta" against him for speaking the "truth" about the "Islamification" of Europe.

(8) Now I'm the first to agree with you that Europe is in a bad way, with thousands on terror watch lists and regular #KnownWolf attacks. That doesn't mean Islam is talking over the continent and we must "Ban Sharia" or something.

It means citizens must support the rule of law.
(9) The right to a fair trial is sacrosanct, in the UK, the US and any other country that at some time had elected representatives who wanted this natural right to be affirmed in law.

If you don't like a law, work to elect people who will change it.
(10) Are you getting the impression this guy has zero respect for the rule of law?

(11) Why do I care? Because this fundamental issue doesn't just affect the UK. The unpleasant saga of TR is a teachable moment for those of us on the political right wing.

Jerks like him are always going to be around. The Left is always going to misrepresent them as like us...
(12) He is nothing like us. Something that dawned on me after Charlottesville in August 2017: The political spectrum is a bell curve, with violent extremists at BOTH ends. The majority are non-violent & I want to strengthen that & not get drawn into the extremists' games.
(13) This is why I'm careful to specify that I view only a minority of liberals/leftists as suffering from #TDS & condoning violence & death threats against us. The majority of liberals may be mistaken, gullible & willing to vote for crooks, but they don't actually assault us.
(14) I'd rather be associated with the 95% of people who are politically non-violent than with right wing extremists like "Tommy Robinson."

Who knows if he's even right wing? These types have an uncanny way of turning out to be Commies underneath, like Hitler himself.
(15) TR supporters love to attack Mark Rowley, the outgoing Assistant Commissioner of the Met Police, but in this article he's remarkably even handed about online radicalization of Muslim AND anti-Muslim terrorists in the UK. I'm not condoning stuff...

(16) I'm not condoning all the times British authorities have failed to protect innocents, whether it's by not dealing with child sex offender gangs, or the many Islamist attackers that have killed over the years. But I won't give anti-Muslim extremists a pass, either.
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