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Saturday 29 September 2018

Tommy Robinson Libel Claim ISN’T

When Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, rocked up on my doorstep in the dead of night last year, he claimed it was because I had “written lies” about him. He objected to being called a racist. The problem for Lennon with this allegation was twofold: one, that I could very easily back up my assertion, and two, that this was in any case my opinion, to which I was entitled. He confused opinion with fact.
His opinion is that he is not a racist, and that is fair enough, but it still does not make his claim a fact. Lennon’s difficulty telling opinion from facts was therefore well established before he made the rash decision to take legal action against Sky News for the heinous crime of giving him a platform for his views. And no, I am not making this up.

Lennon was interviewed at some length by Jason Farrell. Sky News broadcast an edited version of the interview; the channel also made the unedited version available to Lennon. His team also videoed the interview process. This allowed him, after the edited interview was broadcast, to claim that Sky had stitched him up, that he was once more the victim of “Fake News”. This duly fired up his followers. But he was not content with that.

After appearing to shrug off inconvenient opposing thought yesterday, telling his followersI learned a long time ago to not worry about what people call you and instead just say what needs to be said”, the mood changed and he decided he would sue.
I will be taking Sky News and @JasonFarrellSky to court for Libel. They have spread false headlines across the world. Changing the words, I said in the interview to give a different context and even taking an answer I gave to a completely different question and editing it directly after a voice over where they portray to the viewers they had asked me a completely different question!” And there was more.

Even if you do not support me, you need to watch this video to see how the media manipulate you! This is a disgrace and you MUST SHARE #Fakenews #Propaganda #EnemyOfThePeople”. Ri-i-i-i-ight. Let’s take this one nice and slowly.

One, Lennon would have to show that what Sky News published was factually wrong - not just wrong in his opinion. A court of law is most unlikely to hear him calling “liar” on Sky News and nod in agreement. He would have to demonstrate, conclusively, that what they did was wrong, and that there was intent to defame.
Two, a significant part of this concerns Lennon’s reputation. The problem here is that, with a string of convictions and a well-documented history of violent thuggery, it is likely that any court would conclude that he does not have a reputation worth damaging.

Three, he may encounter some difficulty in getting a lawyer willing to take his case - not without him, or someone on his behalf, ponying up a substantial sum of money first.

And Four, as Sky News would no doubt also claim a fair comment defence, as well as pointing out that Lennon’s opinion does not equal fact, there would be only one outcome.

And that would see Stephen Lennon and his lawyers referred to the precedent legal case of Arkell versus Pressdram 1971. I’ll just leave that one there.
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Anonymous said...

Still waiting for you to back up your assertion that he is racist.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha. There you go.

Stephen said...

You don't actually want an answer to this, do you? But if there's one thing racists can't stand it's being called racist. And having someone they like being called racist riles them almost as much, especially if they're racist themselves.

But how about "I would personally send every adult male Muslim back home tomorrow if I could. Fake refugees."

Racism - right? (And before you say Islam isn't a race, how many white Muslims can you name? And would you call Judaism a race? Would Y-L have sent all adult male Jewish refugees back to Germany in the 30s? Actually, don't answer that: he would.)

Gonzoland said...

Here's an interesting challenge / competition: -
Provide the best possible reason for a non-racist to join the BNP, BFP, EDL, Pegida.

Billsmells said...

Racist racist is racist

Ldvaux said...

Clearly you are none too bright.

Andy McDonald said...

The coffee mornings or dinner dances?

Unknown said...

Tommy has never been convicted Or charged with a racist crime..Ever, he's not racist you fools Islam is not a race, it's an ideology, you wouldn't call him racist if he was concerned about Scientology, what an absolute piece of amateur nonsense this is

Ceiliog said...

Geraint Thomas won the Tour de France 2018, but you cannot call him a cyclist because he's never been convicted of a cyclist crime.

Unknown said...

Yeah I was expecting a dumb reply but your comment is right up there with the dumbest.