“It was a valiant campaign, hard-fought” popular Canadian media personality and conservative political activist Ezra Levant wrote in regards to Tommy Robinson’s recent effort to become MEP for the North West of England.
“In the end, Tommy Robinson did not win the election to be a Member of the European Parliament” the founder of Rebel Media continued, going on to provide a valuable summary of the many worrying factors intentionally stacked-up against the outspoken British activist. “I think one important reason is that Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party took a lot of votes from people upset with the status quo, who otherwise would have supported Tommy. And UKIP took some too.”
Levant, whose company, Rebel Media, provided excellent coverage of the event, has followed Tommy Robinson’s story for some time now.
“I was in Manchester, along with our student journalist, Jessica Swietoniowski, doing a live, two-hour election night broadcast” he wrote. “More than 130,000 people watched it — that’s amazing to me, and shows how much interest there is in Tommy’s work, even if he didn’t break through.”
“Based on what I saw — and the reports that Jessica did over the past two weeks — I think there was a much darker factor at play, too. Tommy has been de-platformed and un-personed by the UK political establishment:
• He was kicked off of Facebook and Twitter, where he had nearly 2 million followers combined.
• Another Silicon Valley tech giant, called Stripe, cut off credit card services from Tommy’s campaign mid-way through the election.
• The Royal Mail — Britain’s post office — simply refused to deliver Tommy’s campaign brochures. That’s illegal, but it happened.
• Police actively blocked Tommy’s campaign events and turned a blind eye to violence against him and his supporters.
• The UK attorney general prosecuted Tommy for contempt of court, literally in the middle of the campaign.
• The UK mainstream media was as demonic towards Tommy as always.
“That may sound like excuse-making. But if a political candidate cannot communicate by any means — not on the Internet, not by the mail, and not through normal media reports — how is it possible to win in 2019? Imagine Donald Trump without Twitter.”
“There were surely other factors afoot, too. But to me, the great lesson from Tommy’s campaign is that once the establishment de-platforms you, they can attack you, and you can’t fight back. They tried it out on Tommy; I wonder who they’ll try it out on next.”
There is, however, one key factor not included in the above list; a factor no less disconcerting, and perhaps the most disheartening of all: working class people are failing to vote.
The issue of low turnouts at the polling station and in particular, a lack of interest in voting among the good, decent hardworking people of Britain is a controversial issue, and one that is in dire need of addressing.
There are many reasons why British citizens – in particular the average masses – might be excused for their lack of action: disillusionment in the political elite, a sense that whoever we elect will simply go on to make us regret their election. Others, many in fact, may cling to that age-old idea that “it doesn’t affect me”, “my vote doesn’t matter”, “I can’t change anything”.
Until we address these issues and realise that we, the people of Britain – through the privileged exercising of the democracy handed down to us by those who have fought and died to protect that privilege – CAN change politics for the better – we will NEVER see the change that this country is crying out for.
It is a crying shame that we, the working class, fail to vote – that many of us will rant, will bash our fingers into keyboards and berate the state of the world – yet then do nothing active to rectify it.
Sadly, many of us have become backseat commentators; hypocritical analysts and irrelevant criticisers of the status quo; a nation of people too lazy at times or (if I’m being more diplomatic about the matter) too despondent and detached, to muster the enthusiasm to vote.
But take the recent Euro elections and the campaign of Tommy Robinson, for example. How many heard Tommy’s voice and agreed with what he had to say? How many of us openly said that we supported his candidacy, chanted “Hey Tommy Tommy” at the top of our lungs, or saw this as a rare hopeful opportunity for positive change… yet then, come election day, didn’t bother voting? And how many of us – who took to social media in true keyboard warrior fashion to support Robinson and fiercely attack his opponents; who watched the excellent reporting from Rebel Media and Politicalite; who told others that Tommy was a voice for change, but then did nothing active (i.e vote) to bring about that change – are now left blaming everyone and everything but ourselves?
It’s a harsh reality, and a controversial topic. But it is imperative that we talk about our own laziness and contribution towards the current political climate. Until then, until we get off our laurels and DO something – even just the simple act of strolling down to our local polling station and placing a cross on a piece of paper – we are perhaps just as to blame for Tommy’s defeat as the vile mainstream media and the establishment.
There is something we all can learn from the recent events in North West England; a simple truth that we are yet to grasp:
Want to see real change in Britain? Vote for it.
Nearly 3 million people watched Rebel media and Jessica’s reports from Manchester over the past two weeks —they we were one of the leading sources of information about Tommy, given the de-platforming described above. If you feel moved to help them cover the costs of their journalism (flight, accommodations and bodyguard) please click here to chip in.