After Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, fetched up on my doorstep in the dead of night with his pals in tow - twice - The Curse of Zelo was put upon him. And while Lennon initially kept on getting the media exposure, his profile slowly but inexorably began to decline. Facebook and Twitter bans accelerated that decline.
This culminated in Lennon violently assaulting another man. The incident was captured on video. Lennon responded by claiming “I’m not going to wait for him to attack me. Twice I warned him. Twice I warned his friend [but somehow this is missing from the video] … He’s come back, next thing, come back towards me again, you’re the one coming towards me … that’s the context of the video. The man should keep his opinions to himself, and his mouth to himself”. But the authorities were not impressed.
They were so unimpressed that they pushed for Lennon to be subjected to a banning order. This resulted in a routine display of hypocrisy, where Lennon and his pals used the incriminating video footage to justify his excuses for violent assault, with his lawyers trying at the same time to discredit it. To no-one’s surprise, this proved unsuccessful.
Lennon’s fate should have been decided earlier this year, but pandemic and all that, so we have had to wait until now for the good news. The Great Man, as the Mirror has told, has been handed a four year banning order. The report noted “[Bedfordshire Police] worked with the UK Football Policing Unit to obtain the order banning him from football matches”.
Moreover, the paper has said of the video “That footage, obtained by the Mirror, was used by Bedfordshire Police to bring a civil case against Robinson this week”, proudly adding “It resulted in an order banning him from ‘all regulated football matches, home and abroad’ for four years - including England at the next two Euro tournaments and the World Cup in Qatar in 2022”. Which means they’re not put off by his turning up on others’ doorsteps.
Worse still for Lennon is that he will have to add his own legal costs to the bill. And with a defamation case against him coming inexorably to its conclusion, things are likely to become seriously expensive for The Great Man in the near future.
The time of Stephen Lennon was for a time, but not for all time. Just rejoice at that news.