WATCH: Tommy Robinson Interview Martin Sellner And Brittany Pettibone
Over the course of this last weekend and into this week, we have seen a massive assault on free speech by the British government. Martin Sellner and his partner Brittany Pettibone were denied entry to the UK and detained. Somewhat ironically, Mr Sellner had been planning to give a talk on free speech at Speakers Corner and Ms Pettibone had been intending to interview Mr Robinson. Lauren Southern, who had been intending to meet Mr Sellner and Ms Pettibone was also similarly detained and denied access to the UK.
Somewhat improbably, Ms Southern was asked if she was a “Christian extremist” and how she felt “about running people over with cars.” All three were deemed to be a “threat to the fundamental interests of society.” One has to wonder if the same questions are being asked of returning jihadis. Richard Walton, a former head of Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command, warned that the threat from this group was being “underestimated”. He warned that ‘common travel areas’ such as the open-borders EU, is where the risk comes from:
Everyone is assuming it’s your own nationals coming back but, of course, with the common travel area in the EU, it could be any European that’s gone in the last five or six years. If you tot that up for Europe, there are several thousand.
Events at the weekend are a disturbing and authoritarian turn by the British government with, as usual, its focus in totally the wrong place. Allowing dangerous terrorists to potentially roam unchecked while squashing free speech constitutes an abandonment of a serious commitment to a defence of democracy and British sovereignty.