Saturday, 29 February 2020
New Freedom Movement ‘Hearts of Oak’ Launched in London By Tommy Robinson & Carl Benjamin

From Kipper Central. I was otherwise engaged yesterday to the extent that I wasn't even able to post this last night. 

A new pro-Freedom movement, called ‘Hearts of Oak’ has been launched today in London.

The movement, launched by a group of prominent free speech activists including Tommy Robinson and Carl Benjamin (A.K.A. Sargon of Akkad), has announced that it will speak out on major issues which the mainstream media and politicians have tried to keep quiet.

Along with Robinson & Benjamin, a number of former UKIP figures were in attendance – including Alan Craig (former UKIP spokesman) and Peter McIlvenna (former UKIP campaign coordinator), who together organised today’s event and will be running Hearts of Oak.

Craig & McIlvenna told Kipper Central that the movement is strictly not a political party – and that instead it is a cultural movement seeking to protect values of freedom and integrity.

Behind the speakers there is a backdrop of a traditional British countryside scene – with the phrase “Our children, our country, our future.”

This first theme – of protecting British children – ran through the event, especially in Tommy Robinson’s strong rejection of the sexualisation of young children in modern culture. . . Perhaps something the media didn’t expect Tommy to say today was that he stands with Muslim families across the country, but that was his primary message today – he encouraged his followers to come out and support the Muslim parents in Birmingham against the sexualisation of children, in the campaign he has dubbed ‘Don’t mess with our kids’.

Tommy finished his speech with a strong message for the government and the media – “if you’ve been watching the protests so far, you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

The second theme – of our country and culture – is clearly the underlying foundation to the movement’s ideology, with every speech discussing the greatness of Britain, and our cultural values. Carl Benjamin’s speech dealt with the issue at the forefront of the “culture war” – freedom of speech; he discussed the media’s creation of “hate figures” like Tommy Robinson, who he says the public are being brainwashed into hating without knowing why.

Catherine Blaiklock, the founder of the Brexit Party, addressed the final theme – our future – as she gave a speech on Boris Johnson’s “immigration fraud”, arguing the government are not delivering on immigration true to what the public voted for in 2016. In particular, she spoke about the deep-rooted problems with illegal immigration and how little is being done to stop it.

The fourth speaker, Anglo-Nigerian church leader Wale Babatunde, gave an incredibly passionate speech arguing that Christianity and Christian values underpin all of the great social & political developments of the UK, and listed how many aspects of British history and British institutions are in fact of Christian origin.

Alan Craig, hosting the event, added the caveat that Hearts of Oak is a secular movement and is “not here to evangelise!”, but he made clear that the movement is totally in support of Christian values, which he also believes underpin Britain’s culture.

Finally, Peter McIlvenna – the event’s other organiser – unveiled the group’s newly-launched website ( where people can sign up to updates from the movement. He spoke about the purpose of Hearts of Oak, and how people can get involved.

“I want this to be an organisation which brings change and doesn’t just commentate,” he said. That kind of determination shone through for the entirety of the event. There comes a point where you have to say this is our country, we’re going to stay and we’re going to fight.”

I have not watched the speeches either yet, but a link to the you tube video is here. The owners have disallowed playback on other sites.

Interestingly a second group to support free speech also launched this week: The Free Speech Union, founded by Toby Young a journalist who used to write for the Telegraph. Colleague Juliet Samuel who still works at that newspaper has joined him. 

Brexit has been voted through by this country twice. Yet many of these “powerful” people – for they include plenty of those villains known as “straight, white men” – are still afraid to voice support for it. They sense the vicious atmosphere around us, which polices what people are and are not allowed to say and who is or isn’t allowed to say it. It is a domain that allows for no explanation and forgives no transgressions. Free speech, while nominally still free, is being subverted by fear.

That is the reason I agreed to be on the advisory council for an organisation that launched this week called The Free Speech Union. The FSU aims to offer support to people who are prosecuted, fired or mobbed, with no due process, for things they have said. It may be less than a week old, but in some eyes, it has already committed an original sin. It was founded by Toby Young, the writer and free school founder, otherwise known as “that misogynist, eugenicist gammon”, who was hounded out of public life in 2018 for historic Twitter posts about boobs.

Naturally, for certain social media activist types, this was all very triggering, as they say. The snide ones wrote about how Young’s “pathetic” club is only for “Twitter dads from Surrey” (is fathering spawn in Surrey such a crime?). The officially offended, like Baroness Kennedy, quickly branded the FSU a haven for “an awful lot of ugly views”. Others online simply called it a “cover for hate speech”. 

The safest course of action, faced with this mind-boggling array of bear traps, is not to say anything. Express no opinions, make no jokes and take no risks. That, in a nutshell, is the impulse the FSU was founded to fight.

And this is the opposition faced by middle class members of the professions. A group lead by UKIP and Brexit supporting persons, who include Tommy is really going to rile the Wokes. 

The comments to Miss Samuel's article refer to Hearts of Oak. Including the (so far) best rated ones

  • Tommy and Carl Benjamin have launched their own Free Speech Movement - announced within the last 24 Hours "hearts of oak".  Well worth a look.  Tommy is a hero of whom we should be proud. If we didn't have such a biased establishment, Lisa Nandy would be in court for continually libelling him as 'Far Right' and thus proving she hasn't a clue what the term means.
  • Time to fight back folks, find a free speech movement and support it. I am with Tommy Robinson on this one. Lets see how long this comment lasts. (the moderators at the Telegraph are getting a reputation for not tolerating views they don't like - and this in one of the last conservative with a small 'c'  newspapers in the UK)
  • Yes, we must toast the few brave people who dare speak out for free speech. This is why tommy Robinson received the Free Speech award in Denmark some weeks ago.
  • Isn’t it interesting that Tommy is being treated more fairly in Russia than he is here.
  • He's treated more fairly in most countries he visits to speak.  When he was in prison there were protests at various foreign embassies supporting demands to free him here - Israel, and Denmark....
  • We all need to join and support Toby. (And Tommy)
Posted on 02/29/2020 3:19 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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