“I disagree with what you say but I defend your right to say it”
29 March, 2018
Tommy Robinson's message is simple – he has no intention of stopping. He has the "God-given right" to freedom of speech, and he intends to use it.
He intends to use it against Islam, he intends to use it against political correctness, and he intends to use it against his opponents.
Robinson wants to stop the building of mosques, to prompt the ban of Sharia courts. His views are, to many, abhorrent, intolerable, and provocative.
He has been branded as "racist" and "bigoted." Entire groups from all over Britain attend his rallies to try and shut him down because of his anti-Islam stance. The former English Defence League (EDL) leader refuses to accept accusations he is spreading hate, because in his words, it is his "right" to say what he wants about any religion he chooses.
In the UK, free speech is not set out in law – but it is assumed through the nation's association with the European Convention of Human Rights, and various case law.