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Tommy Robinson’s release is a procedural issue—don’t let the right use it as a victory

This isn't, and never has been, about "free speech"—whatever the right say

By Sam Moore  

Supporters of Tommy Robinson outside the Royal Courts of Justice. Photo: PA

The offence of contempt of court to which Tommy Robinson plead guilty, and today’s Court of Appeal judgement in his favour, has been discussed through the lens of certain rights.

To begin with, there were some—mostly those on the far-right—making it about Robinson’s right to free speech. Now, with his contempt of court judgement being quashed, it is about the right to a fair trial. Robinson’s solicitors have certainly framed it in this way, releasing a statement…

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