As the parties look to gain vote share in next month’s General Election, the endorsement of well-known individuals is a sought-after commodity for them. It is one of those rare occasions where minor slebs find their opinions in demand, although those of major slebs are rather more useful. But what parties do not want is the endorsement of serial lawbreakers, racist bigots and thugs with a track record of intimidating opponents.
Sadly for alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, that is exactly what he has just received, and thus far he does not seem to have a problem with the idea. The endorsement he has received is, to no surprise at all, from Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, who gave Bozo his blessing while on his way into court where he is facing proceedings for defaming a Syrian refugee.
The endorsement should not have caught the Tories on the hop: in September, as the Scotsman reported, “Yaxley-Lennon, who was jailed for nine months in July after being found guilty of contempt of court, is believed to have told supporters via an affiliated news channel that Mr Johnson's decision to expel 21 Tories who rebelled over Brexit was ‘refreshing’”. He had already backed Bozo. And he said it again outside court.
“Everyone should vote for Boris Johnson”. Those were his exact words. And just in case anyone didn’t get that, he added “If we want Brexit, if we believe in democracy, we have to have Brexit. So yeah. Go Boris”. So it was no surprise when the HuffPost told its readers “Boris Johnson has been urged to publicly reject the endorsement of far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon”. Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson had passed adverse comment.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had also picked up on the event, although he merely showed Lennon’s endorsement of Bozo to his followers with the comment “The Trump - Johnson - Farage alliance has a new member”. No further observation was necessary.
So what has the right-leaning part of our free and fearless press had to say about Lennon backing Bozo? Well, it hasn’t. The Mirror is running the story, as is the Independent, but don’t expect the Mail, Sun, Times, Telegraph or Express to follow suit. I mean, it’s not like the claim that David Duke of the KKK had endorsed Corbyn (he hadn’t), or that the Labour leader had the backing of former BNP man Nick Griffin (that was a hoax).
Those bogus claims were splashed across the right-wing press and paraded as fact. But Bozo’s backing from Stephen Lennon is absent. Which is odd, because there is a clear synergy here: Lennon, who likes to rock up on opponents’ doorsteps in the dead of night, but only for a “polite conversation”, you understand, backing Bozo The Clown, who conspired with his pal to have a journalist beaten up.
It’s no surprise that Bozo is not disowning Stephen Lennon’s endorsement. Nor is it any surprise that his pals in the press are keeping schtum about it. A Bozo Government would not be averse to a little gratuitous thuggery and bullying.
Stephen Lennon and Boris Johnson - two peas in a pod. I’ll just leave that one there.
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