As the time draws near for Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, to face a retrial for alleged contempt of court over his visit to Leeds, realisation has hit home that this could entail his going back to jail. As a result, there has been an outpouring of victimhood, which is always good for getting the crowdfunder numbers moving.
So it was that Lennon’s Facebook page included this gem recently: “The fact that this contempt of court case against Tommy is at the Old Bailey (big terror trials and high profile murders usually) shows just how politically motivated this all is. They want him silenced and they have already shown that they will break rules in order to do just that. They never expected the reaction that would follow”. Inventing politically motivated trials.
But the real pièce de résistance has been an appearance via Skype by Lennon for the irredeemably batshit Alex Jones and his InfoWars propaganda machine. Here, Jones claims that “Muslim men” have organised into “rape groups” who target girls at the rate of “a thousand a town”. He talks of “the paedophilia of the UK” and says this is “the religion of the elite over there”. If brains were TNT, he wouldn’t have enough to blow his head off.
Jones then tells Lennon “they want to kill you”. So it should come as no surprise that Lennon then tells that his retrial is because “I was talking on my iPhone about Muslim men raping children”. He also claims misleadingly that “the court case had finished”. But then we get to his retrial. Lennon suggests that he is not going to “walk into court, say sorry and plead guilty”. This would be “meeting the Government half way”.
Was he afraid of what he was doing? “I don’t fear that, cos that’s the truth … the inevitable outcome of this path, which I have chosen … I wrote a letter to my wife when I was in prison explaining all of this, to say I’m not in this position through anything other than choice. I know what I’m doing. I’m not their victim, I’m their target, and I’m not going to wallow in self-pity about a situation that is nothing in comparison to what many other people go through”. And then comes the righteousness.
“The other judgment to make is … are we morally right? And if I’m morally right, I’ll do anything [there’s a legal get-out clause for you]. I will go anywhere, and I will not care about the consequences of the problems I’m talking about if I’m morally right”. One can only imagine the expressions on the faces of some of Lennon’s recent targets.
There was more. “Once you go past that as a moral compass, what we’re doing is trying to save the future of our culture [so not just crusading against grooming gangs, then], our children, our country, our history … it’s nothing, what I’ve been through.”
He wasn’t finished. “We are a generation of cowards, born in an era where … and I also take huge satisfaction that so many people have been brought off of the fence. Watch what happened - this last arrest … I’d like to say a huge thank you to Judge Marson who put me in prison, because he has red pilled more people than anyone I’ve ever met”.
So it really is about the publicity, then. “He’s been the most successful in bringing people to our cause. We’re right. We’re telling the truth. It’s a moral battle that we can’t afford to lose”. But this does not guarantee his freedom.
“I think next Thursday I’ll go back to prison, and I just want people to know that”. Why, Jones asked, did he believe that? “I sat down with my wife, I explained to her the situation I’m in, and I said look … I just can’t do it … I can’t do it … I don’t accept it [apologising for any contempt] … I don’t accept that anything I said could have prejudiced that trial … tell me why there’s that [reporting] restriction”. So he’s not going to apologise.
Clearly, Lennon has made the calculation that going to jail again is going to be good for business. He gets the opportunity to accept he was in contempt and apologise, he refuses, and thereby gets sent down. He clearly said that being sent down by the judge in Leeds was good for his cause. So he’s looking to do another stretch, starting next week.
And he’s ready to “die for the truth”. What a martyr. What a trooper. What a con artist.
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