Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Magna Carta In the Dustbin

The knights of the Crescent Table at work

Prime Minister Theresa May has said “phooey” on the Magna Carta and British liberties and ordered the arrest of Tommy Robinson on a specious charge of “disturbing the peace.” He was live streaming a report on the trial of a group of Muslim “groomer” rapists outside a Leeds courthouse, out of earshot of the judge, the defendants, lawyers and jurors – technically not even on the courthouse property – when a bevy of policemen swooped in and arrested him.

Mark Steyn writes:

On Friday, Robinson was live-streaming (from his telephone) outside Leeds Crown Court where last week's Grooming Gang of the Week were on trial for "grooming" - the useless euphemism for industrial-scale child gang rape and sex slavery by large numbers of Muslim men with the active connivance (as I pointed out to the Sky guys) of every organ of the state: social workers, police, politicians. Oh, and also the media….

Tommy Robinson, a journalist for Rebel Media, was arrested, detained, taken to another courthouse, judged, sentenced, and taken to Hull Prison, all within a matter of minutes. Not only that, but the judge who sentenced him to  thirteen months in prison, decreed a blanket news blackout on his arrest and also on the trial of the grooming gang. Newspapers and their Internet sites that had reported the body-snatching were obliged to “scrub” their stories, under penalty of law if they did not.
Robinson was taken with the government\judicial tool of a “bill of attainder,” which one legal site site defines as:

Definition: A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.

A special legislative enactment that imposes a death sentence without a judicial trial upon a particular person or class of persons suspected of committing serious offenses, such as Treason or a felony.

A bill of attainder is prohibited by Article I, Section 9, Clause 3 of the Constitution because it deprives the person or persons singled out for punishment of the safeguards of a trial by jury.

A bill of attainder does not necessarily entail a death sentence.  In Robinson’s case, it just means “disappearing” from public sight, as dissidents did in Argentina and Chile in the last century.

Steyn wrote:

So on Friday he was outside the Crown Court in Leeds. He was not demonstrating, or accosting or chanting, or much speaking. He was just pointing his mobile phone upon the scene from a distance. Within minutes, seven coppers showed up in whatever they use instead of a Black Maria these days, tossed him inside it and drove off. In other words, these were not "investigating officers" called to the scene: They showed up with the intent to take him away. Within hours, he was tried, convicted and gaoled - at HM Prison Hull, a Category B chokey, or one level below maximum security. The judge in the case, one Geoffrey Marson, spent all of four minutes on trying, convicting and sentencing Robinson. It is not clear whether that leisurely tribunal included his order expressly forbidding "any report on these proceedings" (the case is Regina vs Yaxley-Lennon because that's Robinson's real name).

Robinson’s “trial” was more like a military “drum head” trial than a civilian trial. Frankly, the prohibition of all news about his arrest does not even constitute a “D-notice,” but rather a plain case of classic railroading to get rid of someone likely to shed light on the forty years of Muslim grooming and the Shania enslaving of British girls and children in a vast prostitution ring about which the government had done little or nothing.  

This is why Britain needs a Constitution like our own, complete with a First Amendment and with a prohibition of bills of attainder. Robinson was initially charged with “disturbing the peace.” However, the street on which Robinson was pacing outside the courthouse was virtually empty; it was indeed, empty and peaceful, until the cops showed up. No noisy mob of Muslims was there demonstrating and threatening to kill or injure him or any passersby. There weren’t even any supporters cheering him on.

What part of the Magna Carta does Theresa May snort at while clutching to power as she sells out Britain and Brexit? There are two clauses in it which May has put in her personal memory hole:  

(38) In future no official shall place a man on trial upon his own unsupported statement, without producing credible witnesses to the truth of it.

(39) No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land.

This is not what Robinson was afforded.

The Magna Carta over the centuries produced Parliament (from the 25 Barons who arm-twisted King John into signing it) and common law. There is a lot in the document that concerns the issues of his time and which are completely foreign to modern minds.

And so May has just snapped her fingers at the principles. Doubtless all the civil servants, corrupt police and social “servants” in her train have applauded her and breathed sighs of relief.

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