Still desperate to be taken seriously as a politician, and apparently unfazed at the significant adverse comment that followed his appointment as an advisor on so-called “grooming gangs” and prison reform by UKIP leader Gerard Batten, Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, has continued the pitch to show his knowledge of politics, while promoting Himself Personally Now.
Lennon has decided that he knows more about the EU, and Britain’s departure from it, than those who actually do the negotiating and make the laws. In this, he has much in common with those who prop up bars and pontificate loudly, the difference being that he has a following outside the pub, which makes him more dangerous.
Here’s his schtick: “Thousands of French are are bringing Paris to a standstill because of a state 'green' levy on petrol. Meanwhile in Britain Teresa May consedes [sic] on Northern Ireland and now Gibraltar, goes back on every red line she said she would not cross and has betrayed the majority of the country and everyone just sits around and moans”. How does he know that’s what everyone does? Did he do a poll, or even ask around?
File that one under doubtful. But there’s more. “It's time to get out on the streets and show these traitors that the question on the ballot paper was should the UK remain or leave the EU”. Incitement and demonisation in one. Plus he ignores that we will leave the EU, should Theresa May’s deal be approved. So what’s his problem?
“There was no question that asked soft, hard or in the middle. Just leave or stay. We voted to leave. Mrs Mays [sic] deal does not leave at all”. Once again, Lennon converts his opinion into fact. And, who knows, probably THE TRUTH as well. But do go on.
“We should save the 39bn and go no deal, get out of the EU like we voted and operate on WTO terms. People need to get out on the street, ill [sic] see you all in London on December 9th”. And that’s how little he really knows about the subject.
If the UK reneges on its “divorce deal”, no other country or group of countries is ever going to trust us again. Also, you don’t just “operate on WTO terms”. Ask someone who knows the subject, like Jason Hunter, who handed Jonathan Isaby of Brexit Central his arse when the clueless Isaby tried to pull the “WTO terms” one. No other country in the world trades solely on WTO terms. None. Not one. Zero. Zilch. Not a sausage. Bugger all.
If Stephen Lennon wants to become a credible politician, he is going to have to realise that merely shooting his mouth off and then declaring that this is THE TRUTH is not going to cut it. Nor are all those whose jobs vanish as a result of a No Deal Brexit going to look kindly on someone who promised them a favourable outcome, but turned out not to know what the hell he was on about. Nor will the law enforcement authorities be impressed.
What Lennon is doing is to tell his followers that the kind of disruption seen in Paris over the weekend is what he’d like to see here. To confirm that, he tells them “People need to get out on the street”. Then he calls “traitor” on anyone of differing opinion.
This will not end well. But it will be someone else’s fault. I’ll just leave that one there.
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