It is not just UKIP and its leader Gerard Batten MEP who have to suffer the slings and arrows of the mainstream media for any kind of association with Tommy Robinson. Yesterday, Tory MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell found himself in the firing line for reportedly being a member of a Facebook group supporting the ‘Free Tommy’ cause.
Initially, it was the The Times but the Mail, which has been pursuing something of a vendetta against Tommy, soon picked up the story licking its lips with joy. The group was set-up following Tommy being sent to prison for contempt of court last year, the conviction, of course being quashed in August.
Rosindell allegedly joined the group in May, though he denied being a member, telling The Times: “This is completely false. I have never joined any such group on Facebook. This is another one of those situations where others add you without permission, which has happened to me and other MPs in the past.”
However, The Mail is quite correct to say that you cannot be added to a group properly without accepting the request. The broader point is that the fakestream is however doing the opposite of creating a free and democratic discourse, it is bullying and smearing anyone who has an opinion that it simply doesn’t like and in doing so it is damaging the very fabric of our democracy.