After Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, gave a speech written by Martin Sellner, an Austrian far-right activist who had been declared persona non grata by the UK authorities, at Speaker’s Corner yesterday to a gathering measured in hundreds and not thousands, few stopped to ask what that speech actually contained. Nor did some of those who had already decided to endorse its contents.
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Well, here’s a flavour. “I’m going to tell you something nobody has told you before. It’s the biggest, most obvious secret of our media our politicians and our powerholders: People of Britain, you are being replaced … You are being replaced by massive Muslim immigration … You see it everywhere: in London, in Manchester, but also already in the little countryside towns. A big replacement is going on”. And there was more.
“All across Europe, there is a shadow hanging over our heads. The French are whispering about in the Metro, the Germans murmuring about it when they feel unwatched, Italians look left and right, and if nobody is listening they tell you: ‘I don’t feel at home anymore in my street. We are becoming foreigners in our own country.’ And again and again I hear: ‘We are not allowed to talk about it.’ And that’s the bizarre drama of the ‘Strange death of Europe’. We are being replaced, conquered by radical Islam, and we are not allowed to talk about it”. This is Nazi-style bullshit. And he wasn’t finished.
“In front of our very eyes this country is becoming a tyranny, shutting all debates about immigration down, until demographics solves the issue by replacement … The will and the life of the British nation is not broken … You are the livley tradition of your nation, saving its face before history … Remember your glorious past, you are sons and daughters of knights, kings, explorers, philosophers and artists”. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
The “you are being silenced” and “we are not allowed to talk about it” are straight out of the Nazi playbook; in the late 1920s, Hitler was pictured with his mouth taped up, the claim being he was being prevented from speaking. He wasn’t. It’s the same untruth now.
The “Great Replacement” theory is a far-right staple. And it’s complete crap: at the last major census in 2011, Muslims accounted for 4.4% of the UK’s population. Just 5.5% of Germans have Islam as their religion. In Sellner’s native Austria, the figure is 7%. The idea that population replacement is in progress is nonsense. So is the claim that anyone is having their freedom of speech curtailed.
The only conclusion has to be that the whole exercise is scaremongering, with Muslims as the target. They are “the other”. In the Third Reich it was Jews. Today it’s Muslims. There has to be an “other” on whom the ills of the world can be conveniently blamed.
So no responsible politicians would go near this ideology … or would they? Sadly, for the convocation of motley saloon bar propper-uppers at UKIP, they would indeed go near it. Lennon was name checked by interim leader Adolf von Batten as “Mr Robinson”; he then confirmed that he had met Lauren Southern at the European Parliament.
UKIP General Secretary Paul Oakley met Lennon after his speech. And the party’s London AM David Kurten went to yesterday’s gathering at Speaker’s Corner. UKIP is fast becoming a single issue party - the issue being Muslim bashing. What a shower.