Jon Holbrook, previously of Cornerstone Barristers, says he resigned 4 days earlier
A senior barrister who tweeted that The Equality Act “undermines college self-discipline by empowering the stroppy teenager of color” has been expelled from his chambers.
As of in the present day, Jon Holbrook is not a member of Cornerstone Barristers, a place he held for 15 years, according to a statement issued by chambers over the weekend. Members of Cornerstone met yesterday to vote to expel Holbrook from chambers — though he says he resigned 4 days earlier.
The expulsion adopted an investigation right into a “notably offensive tweet” (beneath) made final month from Holbrook’s private Twitter account. The 13-word tweet was in response to a promotional video from the Equality and Human Rights Fee a few pupil who was despatched house from college as a result of her afro fashion hair breached its uniform coverage. Holbrook had been asked twice by chambers to take down the tweet.
The Equality Act undermines college self-discipline by empowering the stroppy teenager of color. https://t.co/XLZYQg1Lmw
— Jon Holbrook (@JonHolb) January 17, 2021
“Members have been clear that statements made on social media by Mr Holbrook have been irreconcilable with membership of Cornerstone Barristers,” the assertion continued. “Cornerstone Barristers reiterates its repudiation of the contents of Mr Holbrook’s notably offensive tweet on 17 January at 09:34hrs and all that it insinuated. Mr Holbrook’s views by no means mirrored the views of those chambers. We unequivocally condemn discrimination in all its varieties.”
Holbrook introduced his expulsion from the general public regulation set on social media yesterday, tweeting, “this has freed me to proceed my marketing campaign in help of free speech and towards all issues woke”. His Twitter bio now reads, “cancelled for difficult the woke”.
Breaking: I’ve been expelled from Chambers. This has freed me to proceed my marketing campaign in help of free speech and towards all issues woke. Extra information shortly.
— Jon Holbrook (@JonHolb) January 31, 2021
Holbrook went on to put in writing an article for political magazine, The Critic, explaining why he was “cancelled by [his] barristers’ chambers over a tweet”.
The general public regulation specialist criticised the “Twitterati of bien pensants” that called him out on the tweet’s content. “A number of implied I had no place on the bar; one questioned why I ‘really feel protected … tweeting one thing like this’. The Shadow Justice Secretary, David Lammy MP posted: ‘you disgrace the bar’,” he wrote.
“Has society turn into so illiberal in direction of those that problem the woke agenda that it’s not potential to counter this political discourse whereas practising as a barrister (or any form of skilled)?” he questioned, including that through the years, “the woke” have reported a number of of his tweets to the Bar Requirements Board.
But, “the woke mob on Twitter haven’t succeeded with their tried cancellation”, he continued. “4 days earlier than my expulsion I resigned, having concluded that I not needed to practise as a full-time barrister.”
Holbrook, who maintained he has two Twitter accounts: one skilled and one political, went on:
“The tried cancellation prompted the style and timing of my resignation, but it surely was not the underlying trigger. The one purpose that chambers proceeded to expel me, regardless of my resignation, was as a result of the salivating assault canines needed some pink meat to chew. Chambers was compliant sufficient to leap to their barking but it surely made no distinction to me — save to boost my repute as a free speech advocate.”