For Tommy Robinson – The Man Who Shall Not Be Named – in the UK.
To those who say that the powers that be will just sit this crisis out and wait for people to get fed up with marching and peacefully demonstrating about the imprisonment of Tommy Robinson, I think you have something there. They may well want the anger to spill over into violent protests and may even provoke it but while that may be enticing for some, there are many more people who would never contemplate such escalation and the authorities will count upon that general feeling of decency in the law abiding to stop the growing numbers supporting Tommy Robinson in their tracks.
The Labour Party’s entryist activists in ‘Momentum’ chose an effective name that reflects the continuing nature of the harassment that must be carried out if any meaningful change is to be achieved. Momentum implies a growing movement, one which gathers pace and is unrelenting in its focus. Keeping up momentum is the key to maximise the effect on Government and it is one which lobbyists and public relations gurus know all too well. It is how a tiny insignificant number of people can punch well above their weight in the public opinion stakes.
What Happened to Tommy Robinson’s Freedom of Speech?
In my view we need to be clever about how this growing anger is channelled to avoid it being dissipated. We have achieved international publicity over TR’s incarceration and it is something which needs to be built on. There must be a campaign on many fronts and the pressure must be kept up for Ministers to start to quake. Their advisers will be telling them to follow a strategy of taking out the high profile leaders and subjecting enough of the vocal minions to visits and warnings from plod to frighten upstanding, hard working people with much to lose. That and a publicity blackout will lead people to lose heart and think themselves defeated. It is a simple strategy but effective or why else would they keep doing it?
So I have been pondering on how to keep the momentum of anger and protest going and how to engage those who would willingly take part in a low level of protest that did not risk their livelihood or safety. In the Poll Tax protests some people chose to pay their bills in low denomination coinage. It wasn’t illegal: they were fulfilling their obligations, but it had maximum buggeration factor and made ordinary law-abiding people feel as if they were making a protest and doing their bit. We can always withdraw our custom from shops whose advertising policy offends us, for instance. The power of money is, well, powerful.
What Happened to Tommy Robinson’s Press Freedom?
Society only works when we all do our bit to keep the wheels running smoothly. Perhaps paying bills in cash will bugger up the plans for increasing electronic payments. Perhaps the amount of cash in circulation will have to be revised. Perhaps putting pressure on the financial sector will lead them to lean on the Government. I don’t know what would be best but I know that it must be something that is not illegal and that many more people can take part in to feel as if they are doing their bit. Perhaps there is something else more effective. I am open to suggestions. It is only a part of the ongoing protests, supplemented on many other fronts to engage those who would prefer us to go away and work and pay our taxes and watch TV like good little sheep.