Although he has been a little quieter of late, the world of Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, continues on its way, independent of, and indeed, often immune to, reality. Except, that is, when it comes to money. Anything that interrupts the flow of money to the Lennon empire brings reality rushing back in. And yesterday came the kind of inward money interruption that may cost him dear.
As the BBC has reported, “Paypal has told former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson it will no longer process payments on his behalf … Online petitions calling on finance firms to sever links with him have gained thousands of signatures … In a statement, Paypal said it could not comment on individual customers but added that it regularly reviewed accounts to ensure their use aligned with its acceptable use policy”.
There was more. “Accounts that broke its policies would be closed, it said … Paypal added: ‘We do not take decisions like these lightly, and we work hard to be rigorous and fair-minded when reviewing PayPal accounts … Striking the necessary balance between upholding free expression and open dialogue and protecting principles of tolerance, diversity and respect for all people is a challenge’”.
Politicalite has leapt to Lennon’s defence. “TOMMY Robinson hit back at PayPal last night and accused Big Tech of ‘conspiring’ to take him down after the online payment processor banned him from using their service … [he] said: ‘This is their attempt to remove me’ and claimed that PayPal had not given him a ‘legitimate’ reason revealing that he only found out that the online payment system had ‘frozen’ his account via BBC News”.
It was, as ever, someone else’s fault. So who done it? “The political activist also accused Big Tech in Silicon Valley and the Mainstream Media of ‘conspiring’ and coming together to take him down … He said he had seen it coming for ‘months’ with reports in the fake news media that falsely claimed he was set to earn £1m from speeches in America, that claim was allegedly from George Soros’ funded Hope Not Hate”. The Jews done it!
Lennon was not a happy bunny. “Look at the PayPal Fascists, can't even explain what exactly I have done that is not inline with their User agreement . They steal our funds for 6 months? Screw Paypal and the establishment if you still want to support me you can do so without Paypal”. There’s some serious money tied up there, isn’t there, Stephen?
What he is alluding to with the “steal our funds” claim (which, as with so many of Lennon’s assertions, is not true) is this: “You can still log on and see your account information but you can’t send or receive money. Any money in your balance will be held for 180 days, after which we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to transfer your money”.
But Stephen Lennon can’t look in the mirror and understand that the person he sees there is the architect of their own problems. It’s the establishment, it’s a conspiracy, they’re all tying to silence him, remove him. He employs all those other people. All he is doing is bringing his followers THE TRUTH. All the left will be celebrating (this last is actually true).
The reality is that he was adjudged to have not met the T&Cs, so he was treated the same way as anyone else doing that. It’s his own fault. Full stop, end of story
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