Ricky Tomlinson: Guilt My Arse

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Ricky Tomlinson: Guilt My Arse
Brian Roberts

Despite its funny title – borrowing from renowned TV actor Tomlinson’s best-loved character Jim Royle’s favourite catchphrase – ‘Guilt My Arse’ addresses a serious subject. In 1973 Tomlinson was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of “conspiracy to intimidate” as a picketer in a building workers dispute in Shrewsbury. The trial lasted 55 days and in today’s money cost around £10 million. Why is the establishment still covering it up after now 42 years?

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