Why I believe Tommy Robinson is a working class hero

Shame on everyone who has smeared Tommy Robinson – and made us feel too ashamed to listen to his warnings about grooming gangs. Yes, I believe he should be applauded for taking a stand against the grooming gangs when everyone else was silent. In a society where political correctness has gone mental, and we are all scared of being labelled racist or Far Right, for daring to have an opinion on Islam or mass immigration nobody else was speaking up.

The name Tommy Robinson for me has always conjured up images of skinheads, swastikas and Dr Marten boots. The EDL – I was led to believe – were similar to the BNP, and the BNP put the fear of god into me.

I am the child of an interfaith relationship, the daughter of an immigrant. I grew up with racism from both my Pakistani side and my white Scottish side. The racism from the Pakistani side was less frightening than the white, because it was verbal. On the white side it got physical. I remember occasions when I was out with my white mother. I remember being spat on with screams of ‘fucking paki lover’ at us. At school I fought the boys who dared call me and my siblings ‘smelly pakis.’ At home we had our windows smashed and graffiti painted on the garden walls saying ‘Niggers Out’ and ‘BNP.’

So you can see why the BNP scared me and why the EDL would scare me, given that I assumed they were just a new incarnation of the BNP. The EDL undoubtedly attracted some unsavoury characters with roots in the BNP, the National Front, Combat 18 and skinhead football casuals, even though Robinson repeatedly made it clear that he didn’t want them in any way associated with the EDL (he even received death threats from neo-Nazis). These EDL “supporters” were scary and frightening people, for those of us with brown skin. Unless you have grown up with racism then you cannot understand the fear of being picked on purely for the colour of your skin. You get used to the looks and you get used to subtle (and not so subtle) racial prejudice. You never get used to the fear though.

I have been told I am a whistle blower for writing my debut novel, The Gori’s Daughter, because the book exposes the flaws in the Pakistani community. Many in the community are not happy with my book but thankfully many more applaud me for having the courage to write about the community honestly.

Some in my community have also said said that I am a BNP/EDL dream, which filled me with self-loathing. How anyone could suggest that the BNP would love me when I had grown up being hated by these very people was strange and horrifying.

This is the reason I gave Tommy Robinson such a wide berth, and why I couldn’t even bring myself to follow him on Twitter – even though he was being retweeted onto my timeline on a daily basis often by people I felt were my allies. I was too scared to even read his tweets or watch any of the videos that he featured in. I didn’t follow him because I didn’t want to be labelled a white supremacist, bigot, racist or even patronising racist terms such as coconut. This is Twitter peer pressure at its strongest and its most pathetic.

I started researching him though and I started clicking on links to form my own opinion of him. But still I refrained from clicking on that dreaded “Follow” button on his profile. I viewed videos of him from as far back as 2007, in which he raised concerns about the Muslim street grooming gangs preying on vulnerable British girls.

And it was when I started watching these videos, that, I started to change my view of Tommy Robinson. Here he was, talking about the rape of vulnerable young girls and yet nobody was listening to him. On the contrary, all they were doing was calling him racist and trying to silence him.

Well, we now know there has been a huge cover up by politicians, police and the agencies who were responsible for the safety of the young girls. Today, many continue to call Tommy Robinson a racist instead of listening to his concerns – and his facts. He was talking about (or trying to anyway)

grooming gangs long before anybody else was. It feels more appropriate that we should be thanking him and acknowledging his bravery and honesty, rather than smearing him.

Maybe if Tommy Robinson was from a middle class background, went to University, wore tweed and voiced his concerns with a posh accent he would be listened to. Katie Hopkins is another who is hated as much as Robinson, if not more, for having similar views but being middle class and educated insulates her to an extent. She is given her own newspaper column and regularly appears on TV.

It’s the working class, “chav” and hooligan labels that make it so easy to call Robinson a racist, shut down any debate with him and refuse to give him any mainstream airtime. I have watched some videos where he is constantly called a racist but when he challenges his accusers to produce evidence, they are unable to.

We are quick, perhaps even desperate, to forgive terrorists who have turned their back on terror and they are often rewarded with jobs advising the government. They are flown all over the world meeting political leaders and they quickly find a home on the prestigious speaking circuits. It seems you can be forgiven quicker for being a terrorist than for being a football hooligan.

Anjem Choudary is allowed to vent his hatred for all things Western, on the streets of London, and there is less outrage at that than there is towards Tommy Robinson.  I have watched videos of Choudary demanding the death of non-Muslims, and British soldiers. I have watched as he has led marches calling for Sharia law. He did all this, for years, without any interruption from the police and without any fear of being arrested. Robinson, on the other hand, was arrested at Luton Airport on his way to give a talk on grooming gangs, long before the public was aware of the phenomenon. It is this double standard that seems unfair. This double standard where you can say whatever you like against the British but if you voice concerns about Sharia law or anything to do with Islam, you are shut down for being a racist, has to stop.

After much debating with myself I finally decided to click the ‘Follow’ button on Twitter and I joined the other 120,000+ followers of Tommy Robinson. He has more followers than UKIP and about the same as the Liberal Democrats. There are a number of his followers who are racist; you only have to read some of the comments his followers leave with regards to Pakistani people. It seems as though some of his followers are united in their hatred towards the Pakistani community because of the actions of some. The same can be said of many conservative Muslims though, and the way they speak to, and about, non-Muslims online. Aside from their derogatory attitude to non-Muslims they also speak to liberal Muslims in a sexist and vile manner and accuse them of not being ‘real’ Muslims. Yet there is an expectation that Robinson’s followers (whose behaviour he is not responsible for) have to be perfect and politically correct and that if they aren’t this is Robinson’s fault. The double standards at play over and over.

When Robinson formed the EDL, at the age of 21, within six months it had become the biggest street movement Europe had ever seen. If those in power had listened to his concerns then there would have been no need to form the EDL. Many of the people involved in the EDL were genuinely concerned about the issues affecting their towns and cities. Grooming gangs, forced marriages, FGM and Sharia law were issues concerning many of us, Muslim and non-Muslim alike and as we now know there has been a huge cover up and silence on these issues, so yes it is understandable that they would join the EDL to make theses issues public knowledge. There were a number of people who joined the EDL who were racist; there is no doubt about that. Robinson was one young man, not a politician, trying to make a change and doing his best with nothing but his anger and frustration at what he was seeing happening in his hometown of Luton.

The reason Robinson gave for finally turning his back on the EDL was the racist following, which he was ultimately unable to control, but again nobody wants to listen to that because it does not fit with the preconceived ideas they have of him. Robinson’s life has been threatened and he has received five “Osman Warnings” – these are real and immediate threats to his life and his family which warrant the police making him aware of those threats – but sadly, still not serious enough to protect him. The Government should be doing more to protect him; Robinson himself has accepted that he will be killed, and that it’s just a matter of time. The consequences of such a thing happening will be immense.

There are so many labels being hurled out there that they don’t really mean anything now. So, I no longer care what I am called for following Tommy Robinson and for agreeing with some of what he has to say.

So go ahead: call me, a white supremacist, racist, bigot or whatever else. At least try and be original. I’m beyond caring. I’ll just laugh at you and I’ll carry on following who the hell I want on Twitter, and I’ll carry on agreeing with whoever the hell I want based on the arguments and the facts they present to me. And I’ll always care more about the rape of young girls (regardless of their skin colour), FGM, forced marriage and Sharia law than any stupid name you will ever call me.

 

 

 

12 comments

  1. Julia · May 27, 2017

    Thank you for sharing your story.

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  2. Andrew Devine · May 28, 2017

    Just finished your book Shazia. Excellent but sad read. I too used to think Tommy Robinson was a racist. His speech at the Oxford union changed my mind entirely about him. Kind regards. Andrew Devine. Dublin

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  3. Interconnect · May 28, 2017
  4. blondieaka · May 28, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this Shazia. I heard about Tommy Robinson for the first time today. I was having a conversation with my son and he was asking if I had heard him speak ..No I have not..He was amazed and said you must have but no I haven’t. He then proceeded to tell me what his initial thoughts had been but how he now agreed with most of what he said but what came across to me was how impressed my son was about Tommy and his knowledge of the Koran and told me he only quoted facts.Hence me getting on google as I wanted to know who this man was. I am now away to check out some more and to put your book on my reading list. Thank you for sharing this 🙂

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  5. Tasha Carr · May 28, 2017

    Meanwhile the George Soros funded, and paradoxically named “Hope not Hate”, continue unabated with their constant smearing of Tommy Robinson…

    http://hopenothate.org.uk/research/investigations/tommy-robinson-far-right-islamophobic-extremist/

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  6. Paris · May 29, 2017

    Thank you for your courage. Tommy is a hero. Like you I have avoided him. All day I have been watching his videos. I can’t really process this. He should be given the Purple Heart and a Knighthood for his bravery. The blood is on all of our hands. Especially the police, the politicians, and those like me who just moved away from the working class neighborhoods. All those beautiful children raped, mutilated, and murdered.

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  7. Avenging Angel · May 30, 2017

    The ‘British’ media has a lot to answer for considering the kind of murderous hate they incited on him with their slander – especially since they knew they were lying.

    The ‘British’ police also have a lot to answer for considering the persecution they put him through, trying to get him killed in prison, intimidating his family.

    But I don’t think we’re going to get any answers. Just more lazy slander and persecution, certainly no apology or admission of error. The ‘British’ establishment is marked for death now, their dishonesty and cowardice has created this mess.

    I’m not racist but if they think Tommy is a ‘far right extremist’ they’ve got a surprise coming when people like me come out of the woodwork. If the deep state is so determined to drench the streets with filth, they shouldn’t be surprised when the Travis Bickles come out to wipe them clean again. That may well be their whole agenda. War in the streets to bring on the police state.

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  8. Carrie Jones · June 10, 2017

    I can understand how you felt initially about Tommy Robinson. I have family/heritage links with both the Sikh and Jewish community and was very wary of him. After being encouraged to ‘just read’ some of his stuff, I did. I was amazed just how much I agreed with him and how many people from different ethnic and religious background supported him. A common sense man with a genuine wish to solve problems that are affecting our way of life.

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  9. Carni Jain · June 17, 2018

    Hi
    Impressed with your above write up. I would be very keen to buy your book once available. Pls keep me updated.
    Thanks 🙏

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  10. Jason Appleton · July 31, 2018

    Thanks for telling the truth and for waking up. Tommy is a great hero and we all want him out of prison- verdict coming today or tomorrow.

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  11. electra ruby · December 1, 2018

    Very impressed with the honesty of your writing. It’s encouraging to know there are others like myself prepared to speak out for what they believe. I’ve been thinking about Robinson a lot lately, and although I need to do more research he strikes me as honestly passionate about the injustices heaped upon the working classes. who are not allowed to speak out about their grievances. He is their voice. In fact I was just about to writing my own blog on the subject.- which I shall do straight away!

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  12. giant squid · August 1

    very emotional, beautifully written

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