The BBC and Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson, or to give him his actual real name, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is what the media call a ‘controversial figure’ as is there’s an actual controversy as to whether or not he’s a far-right bigot being used by other far right-bigots to attract more people to their cause which is an aggressive ethnic nationalism of the type we see in Russia and sweeping across parts of Eastern Europe.In saner times he’d be someone long forgotten about, but we’re not in normal times; we’re in the age where actual real fascists are given the sort of voice they could only dream of.

Now I’m not talking about censoring people;I’m talking of ensuring we don’t give platforms to people with¬† criminal background who has a violent past and would happily see blood on the streets. We don’t do that to Islamists so why does Yaxley-Lennon get a pass, especially at the BBC?

The other night Lennon was on the BBC’s Newsnight, giving him the sort of exposure he could only dream of. People complained and the BBC said this:

Seems reasonable? Except it isn’t. The BBC have had issues with their producers pushing a right wing agenda, and on Question Time they’ve excluded pro-EU SNP/Plaid/Green/Labour MEP’s completely over the last five years. Centre-left to left wing views have been excluded deliberately, while fascists and demagogues are given free range to spread lies and hatred often unchallenged.

Fact is the BBC has become an unreliable source of information, even part of the problem in that it’s helped nurture an especially British/English form of ethnic nationalism wrapped in the Union Jack and with an unhealthy fetishisation of the armed forces, not to mention a longing of mythic days that never happened. And the BBC are giving these people a platform in the name of fairness while ignoring the larger picture, or just what these people actually do.

So remember this next time you see a Stephen Yaxley-Lennon of one of his ilk being presented on the BBC as something more than the fascist thug he actually is.

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The torment of Tommy Robinson

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, AKA ”Tommy Robinson” was imprisoned the other day after attempting to manufacture a race war by photographing people he shouldn’t during a trial. If ‘Robinson’ had done his homework and gave a fuck, he’d know this but he’s both an idiot and a martyr which makes him exceptionally dangerous when people’s critical facilities have been turned into jelly. Part of the reason for this is thanks to a concerted campaign by a mix of ethnic nationalists, neo-Nazis (or the ‘alt-right’ if you want to soft sell them) and other like-minded extremist groups (not to mention political parties aligning themselves with some or all of this in order to keep power) to change the course of Western democracies.

What’s concerning is that Robinson isn’t just someone to mock and sneer at, though having done that I can say it is fun, Robinson isn’t a Nick Griffin figure but actually seems to be the figurehead the hard/far right have been looking for.¬† Now the narrative of Robinson’s supporters is that poor wee Tommy was exercising his freedom of speech and the evil paedo loving state police arrested him to stop him uncovering a massive Muslamopaedophilijew conspiracy.

In reality Robinson was aware of what he was doing and as this post from The Secret Barrister makes clear, he knew that (having been warned previously) that trying to film the jury/accused. The narrative of the far-right also ignores the fact that groups like the EDL are riddled with paedophiles because for them, they want to carve a story that only Muslims, or people with different colour skin. Search Twitter or if you can stomach it, the far right forums and the idea of a race war is one that these people are positively tumescent about.

The problem is that although it’s easy enough to ignore, even mock Yaxley-Lennon and his followers, what is worrying is how his extreme views bleed into society so we have an openly racist UK government led by Theresa May deporting people because of their place of birth and ethnicity. We’ve got Ruth Davidson here in Scotland getting where she has by courting extremism while Donald Trump and his children cheer on racists and bigots from the safety of a computer screen so we’ve go extremism on the rise and that’s what scum like Robinson is looking to cash in on.

So as Yaxley-Lennon looks to prison to hopefully suffer, it is down to us to not just make it clear why he’s been sent down to counter the lies being spread, but make it clear that we’re not going to let the bastards win.