The British State does not like dissent, let alone when it revolves around a charismatic and popular figure in the form of Tommy Robinson. I have never met Mr Robinson but I am well aware of the fact that he is a high profile individual who is outspoken on issues the Government finds sensitive, it not downright embarrassing. This has turned him into a walking talking target with his reputation, and now potentially his life, in the cross-hairs.

Robinson has spoken out against the mainly Pakistani Muslim rape gangs that have spread across the country and it was against that context that he was arrested for “allegedly breaching the peace” today outside Leeds Crown court. Video footage of his arrest is available here. At a time when we are told that Policing is under-resourced due to savage cuts, it is instructive to observe the vast number of Police officers there to arrest Mr Robinson, an unarmed and defenceless man.

Whilst I do not wish to comment on the specific legal case itself as there are reporting restrictions in place, the Independent reports “court officials confirmed that the trial of nine defendants is ongoing”. Nine.

The past number of years have seen many court cases where groups of mainly Pakistani muslim men have been convicted of commiting industrial scale levels of sexual abuse of young girls. Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford, Telford, and Bristol to name but a few pay grim testimony to their egregious crimes. Surely history shows we should be focusing on the groomers rather than those who seek to expose the groomers?

The ongoing demonisation and persecution of Tommy Robinson cannot go with comment. The legacy media set him up in all news reports as a “far-right” figure and no story is complete without a mention of his time as leader of the EDL. Robinson left the EDL in 2013 and has publicly and vocally condemned it.

“I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas.”

But the legacy media never lets him forget his political origins. Compare that to how it treats those with terrorist convictions such as Old Bailey bomber Gerry Kelly of Sinn Fein/IRA repute, whose historical pedigree is deeply sanitised. The double standard is obvious and repulsive.

Robinson has had his Twitter account permanently closed quite recently. Last time I checked it he had almost 500,000 followers and clearly it was decided that this was unacceptable. His popularity was a problem. He has a Facebook account and it was from that one that he was using the livestream from Leeds Crown Court before his arrest. It remains debatable how long his Facebook account will continue.

Regardless of whether one agrees with him or not, it is deeply disturbing to see the State and its agencies move against this man. Make no mistake, it seeks to place him behind bars. Once inside, his safety becomes a real concern. It is worth remembering he has a wife and three kids. Could he become a sacrifical victim on the high altar of political expediency?

I fully accept that contempt of court is wrong and no one should expect to avoid the consequences of such. I also think that the UK has a major problem with mainly Pakistani grooming gangs. Mr Robinson has spent the past number of years seeking to shine light on this dark reality. What sort of Nation persecutes a man who seeks to expose mass sexual abuse and depravity? The answer is – the Nation that we have become in 2018.