No more than a few days out of jail, Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, is back to his old habits. He needs to turn the eyes of all those potential donors back in his direction - grifters gonna grift - and so he has returned to his old trick of picking a soft target on a premise that turns out to be effectively false, then turning up at their house in order to intimidate them and impress the folks prepared to give him money.
The problem for Lennon was that his visit to a man called Abdul Basir might impress the easily persuaded, but we have been here before. He went after Basir last year: in a video from February 2018 - we can date it easily as Lennon mentions the start of Darren Osborne’s trial for the Finsbury Park terror attack - he talks at length about Basir. He also claims the killer of an 85-year-old woman beheaded in her garden was a Muslim. Untrue.
Lennon went after Basir, despite knowing full well that his target had mental health issues and was not a serious threat to him, or indeed to anyone else. As with all his other doorsteppings, he managed to find Basir’s address (how?), then turned up in the dead of night to confront him - another of those allegedly “polite conversations”.
So he knew Basir was not a threat. It was therefore pointless to go after him again. But go after him again he did last night, telling in a video “I have to turn up, as the Police wouldn’t come to this house. He’s made a video, a very clear video, claiming he’s going to shank and kill any English person he finds today, cos Allah’s blessed him to do it”.
There was more. “He’s made threats against me, he’s made threats against my wife. Why can’t the Police just come round and get him?” And why doesn’t Lennon just play back his video from February last year, so he can get the answers without leaving home?
Ah, but that would not give him the opportunity to tap his adoring flock for a few quid. So there has to be the full posse turning out - including amateur comedy kidnapper Daniel Thomas, still under investigation for that gratuitous violence in Warrington - and the obligatory dead of night door-knocking exercise. Along with the inevitable video.
This has come with the equally obligatory fawning account from semi-professional idiot Jordan James at far-right fan site Politicalite, where he tells “THERE’S A JIHADI ON THE LOOSE! Tommy Robinson Forced To Confront JIHADI Who Threatened His Family”. But no Jihadi was involved. Although Abdul Basir is one of those Scary Muslims™.
Then James sells the pass in no style at all as he blusters “This is not the first time Police have failed to protect Robinson and his family. In February 2018, the activist was forced to find a Muslim man who was threatening his family after UK authorities failed to act”. Very good Jordan. The Muslim man you’re talking about was the same one as yesterday.
But Lennon does want us to “Imagine a white bloke making racist comments”. That is also not difficult, as Lennon himself has been caught doing just that. Remember him describing a taxi as a “Little Paki in a car”? And that he admitted it “could have been worse”?
All we have here is Stephen Lennon once again playing to his fan base, pretending to be in danger when he isn’t, and staging a doorstepping on a false premise. The cops have Abdul Basir figured out. He won’t be attacking anyone. But Lennon clearly needs the dosh.
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