One thing that Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, wants everyone to know is that he is not a racist. On this, above all other matters, he is terribly sensitive, so sensitive that anyone of opposing opinion - to which they are entitled - is liable to find him on their doorstep in the dead of night with a film crew in tow, violating their privacy and doing his best to identify their addresses.
All friends together. But not racist at all
What Lennon also wants everyone to know is that he is a patriot, someone who will defend the reputation of the UK come what may. He is proud to be British, so proud that he displays the Union Flag on his (now no longer Blue Tick verified) Twitter feed. But despite his being not a racist, and a good patriot, Lennon still sees no problem in supporting racists, and siding with another country’s head of state against his own.
This interesting state of affairs was demonstrated by the fallout from Combover Crybaby Donald Trump’s Retweeting of three faked videos put out by Britain First, the group backed so vocally by Thomas Mair, who murdered MP Jo Cox last year. After Theresa May passed adverse comment on Trump’s choice of endorsements, he threw a mardy strop and invented a “Radical Islamic Terrorism” problem happening now in the UK.
This was much more to Lennon’s liking - so he Retweeted Trump whining “[Theresa May] don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!” Taking place? Where? Whatever. It was what Lennon wanted to hear, so it was just fine, whereas someone touching on the shonkyness of the videos was not: “Unsubstantiated ? What are the idiots like”.
And then, although, don’t forget, he’s definitely not a racist, Lennon Retweeted Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen appealing to Trump - who might just be stupid enough to listen - for help. “WATCH: Jayda appeals for Donald Trump's help”. Britain First, an organisation that emerged from the wreckage of the racist BNP, but it has to be stressed that this endorsement does not mean Stephen Lennon is racist. Oh no.
After that, it was on to endorsing Trump’s attack on our Prime Minister. “He’s so right , our country is being destroyed by Islam & our leader is banging on about how wrong it is for Donald to be retweeting videos of Muslims being violent”. It’s “Donald” now, see? They’re on first name terms - bless! And the inconvenient fact that at least one of the videos does not feature a Muslim is ignored. Because others tell lies, not Lennon, so there.
No, he just defends the leadership of Britain First, even though he isn’t a racist. And this morning he’s on a hair trigger when he thinks anyone’s dissed his pals: “Is @Nigel_Farage really referring to @JaydaBF as a Nazi on his radio show? Can anyone confirm if they heard it as I’m just going on what others said at min”. Perhaps he’ll get his film crew together and try to have one of those “polite conversations” with Mr Thirsty next.
And remember, even though he’s taking the side of Donald Trump against our PM and MPs across the political spectrum, Stephen Lennon is a patriot. And if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.