JHB slams ‘woke brigade’ after Ollie Robinson’s suspension
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In a discussion on whether people should be held accountable for views they expressed when they were younger, talkRADIO host Julia Hartley-Brewer hit out at the “woke brigade” who are demanding England cricketer Ollie Robinson’s “head on a plate”. Her comments come as Mr Robinson is suspended and now under investigation by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for racist and sexist tweets he posted when he was 18 and 19 between 2012 and 2013. But speaking on the show Conservative MP Damian Collins said the suspension and an investigation was “right” adding he should resume his England career as soon as it is over.
Ms Hartley-Brewer said: "Don't you think this is typical of England?
"The woke brigade, the cancel culture brigade demanding his head on a plate.
"Damming our chances in the second test!
"Do you think that you would still have a job that you've got, do you think I or any of us would have a job, if we had social media when we were 18 and we were drunk and wrote odd things?"
Hartley-Brewer hit out at the “woke brigade” chasing Ollie Robinson (Image: talkRADIO)
Ollie Robinson said he was “embarrassed” and “ashamed” in a post-match apology (Image: Getty Images)
The radio host added: "Do you think any of us would have a job on this basis?"
Tory MP Damian Collins gave his opinion, saying: "You have got to look at that person’s personal circumstances and say what he has posted is wrong.
“He is now being judged not just as a young man… but as an England cricketer so there is more scrutiny that comes with that.
“It is right that he apologised and accepted what he did was wrong.”
Ollie Robinson apologises for offensive tweets
Tory MP Damian Collins accepted an investigation was the right thing to do (Image: talkRADIO)
The Tory MP explained: “I think it is also right that there should be some investigation into whether there is any other such similar material.”
But Mr Collins added: “Then I think we should close the matter down and he should resume his England career.”
A ferocious row has erupted over the cricketer’s historic tweets when the messages resurfaced last Wednesday as Robinson, who is now 27, made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lords.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to suspend Robinson from international cricket, pending an investigation, over the racist and sexist posts he made online as an 18-year old in 2012 and 2013.
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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden came out in support of Robinson (Image: Getty Images)
In one of the messages uploaded to Twitter in 2012, Robinson said: 'my new Muslim friends is the bomb' while in another he tweeted: "not going to lie a lot of girls need to learn the art of class! #getsome”.
In a post match press conference Mr Robinson said: “I am sorry, and I have certainly learned my lesson today. I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist.”
But Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden hit out at the ECB decision saying: “Ollie Robinson’s tweets were offensive and wrong. They are also a decade old and written by a teenager. The teenager is now a man and has rightly apologised – the ECB has gone over the top by suspending him and should think again.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesman said Boris Johnson is “supportive” of the Culture Secretary’s comments.
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