Yesterday evening, the Hearts of Oak had told their followers “Hearts of Oak will be heading to Speakers Corner tomorrow to film and support Hatun. Feel free to join us in supporting Hatun by bringing her some flowers and chocolates”. But the gathering was not just about that. The faithful wanted to see if Lennon had found his way back from his Spanish sojourn at and near the Manolo Santana Racquets Club near Marbella.
Anti-fascist activist Marc Lister was also there, observing those gathered, and also noting that the Metropolitan Police were there in some force, along with a Meat Van™ for anyone who might want to misbehave. But it was all a bit subdued and distanced. “Weird energy at speakers corner” he observed. But then, all was transformed.
Lennon had arrived. We knew this as the local brains trust began to chant “Oh Tommy Tommy”! There in the middle of a scrum of bodies was their idol. But here a problem arose: there being a melée, this meant the social distancing rules were being broken. This did not appear to be taken on board. Such a move was, er, unwise.
The Anti-Fascist Research Collective was there, and also latched on to the law being breached. "Tommy Robinson being absolutely mobbed here by a small but clearly very dedicated number of followers. Zero social distancing happening and people ignoring cops requests to disperse”. So the cops had asked them to disperse. And they hadn’t.
We do not need to expend too much mental energy wondering what happened next. Lennon discovered that the season of peace and goodwill had not only not yet started, for the Met it was totally out of the question. He discovered, too late, that he had been nicked.
As the Met’s finest cuffed him, he could be heard plaintively ranting “What you doing? What you doing? What? WHAT?!? Yaw breakin’ my fackin’ arm! Yaw breakin’ my arm! I ‘aven’t done anything wrong! You’ve got nothing on me! Yaw breakin’ my arm! [must have been a very slow break, then] What’re you doin’? I’m not resisting! [he was clearly resisting]” Sadly, the cops were too tall for him to dig his heels in.
The people at UAF had seen it all before. “No surprise that fascist Tommy Robinson has been arrested at Speaker's Corner, London. His turnout was poor & the 'event' pathetic. No social distancing. Robinson currently a busted flush. Here he is getting arrested in Leeds. How many arrests now?” Worse for Lennon, he may find himself to be the subject of the kind of local lockdown that involves him doing another stretch.
The time of Stephen Lennon was for a time, but not for all time. Just rejoice at that news.
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