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.

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2013-That Was the Year That Was

Boxing Day has passed and we’re into the odd twilight that is the time between Christmas and Hogmanay and seeing as everyone else spends this time in the pub avoiding the sales, or even madder, actually in the sales, I’m going to take this quiet time to do a little rundown of the year for my best and worst of the year…

So cracking on let’s leap into this…

Best Overdue Death-Margaret Thatcher.

Without her incredibly overdue death I’d not have written the first post in my blog, or even finally felt a sense of release though at the time I don’t think I would have predicted her becoming such a martyr figure to fucked up sociopathic Tory scum as she has become.

As you can see, there’s still a little bit of my heart blackened with hate for her and especially her spawn.

Best FlounceThe EDL’s Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson came into his own after the senseless murder of Lee Rigby which he used as a dragnet to get every snide wee fucked up racist in the country to quietly agree with the EDL’s obvious bigotry. During the summer he hosted an hilarious Q & A session on Twitter, which saw me being blocked by him.

However just as the EDL were at a peak, Robinson flounced off saying they were becoming ‘too extreme’ for him. This set people’s Spidey Sense tingling as frankly. the EDL had been ‘too extreme’ from the fucking off! Still, it’s now hilarious to see the EDL crack and fracture.

Most Annoying Americanism of 2013Calling TV programmes ”shows”.

There was a time when Telly programmes were called programmes. They would be called dramas, serials, kids telly, documentaries, anything. You’d have entertainment programmes that would be called shows. They’d normally be things like Seaside Special which normally featured a paedophile or a Tory (sometimes both) presenting the worst of British Light Entertainment in a tent in the pissing rain during the summer. It was clearly a term relating to certain types of programmes.

Now everything is a ‘show’. Breaking Bad, Football Focus, Doctor Who, Panorama, and I bet if someone did a 12 hour documentary about Auschwitz someone would give it the jolly title of ‘show’. Stop it! It’s lazy.

The Iain Duncan Smith ‘Cunt of the Year’ awardIain Duncan Smith.

In decades to come history will look back at this man and write a terrible history of what he’s done. Sadly too many people will have suffered by them

The Ed Millband Useless Bastard awardEd Milliband

You’re opposition leader against a coalition  people hate. You should be leaping ahead in the poll. No, you’re not because you’re as useful as a Vatican approved condom.

The Jack Whitehall Middle Class Comedian awardJack Whitehall/Everyone on BBC Three/Channel 4

Back in the day comedians came from all walks of life. You’d have a mix of people and this would mean something may have a broad appeal, which meant much of British comedy came from pointing out class divisions, the inequalities of it and we could laugh at it. Something like Dad’s Army is full of this. Politics was the lifeblood of British comedy along with satire, slapstick and

Now comedy in the UK is dominated by graduates talking about being at university without spotting the irony in doing so. Comedy is dominated by comedians speaking in the same accent, making crap gags about the same things and it’s boring.

The Michael Bay Award For Film of the YearMan of Steel.

Ever wondered how it would be possible to make a worse film than Superman  IV: The Quest for Peace? Man of Steel provided the answer to that question.We need an edgy murdering Superman because that’s what hope is about.

The Rupert Murdoch Award for Journalistic IntegrityThe Guardian’s treatment of Dev Hynes

I outlined recently what happened when The Guardian decided to print an article by one of the Vagenda’s editorial team about crowdsourcing in relation to the fire that destroyed musician Dev Hynes.

In a year when Julie Burchill still writes for newspapers, this managed the amazing task of the worst piece of vile attack hackery disguising itself as journalism I’ve seen. Well, today The Guardian decided to go ahead and print the interview without any mention of the previous article or Hynes saying on Twitter he wants nothing to do with the paper again.

There is however a suitably feeble excuse…

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The Heroes Reborn Award for Cocking Up SuperheroesDC Comics

Many years ago, Marvel Comics decided to turn their like into Image Comics with the disaster which was Heroes Reborn. This gave us this.

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DC Comics gave us the New 52 a while back. It gave us this.

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Nuff said.

The Jamie Theakston Award for Worst TV Festival CoverageBBC Three

I love festivals as anyone who’s read through my blogs will have worked out but TV coverage of festivals is always all over the place, but this year BBC Three’s coverage ploughed new depth as they managed to take what was a good year for festivals and concentrate on the same dreary tedious student Indie bands at every festival they covered.

Then there’s presenters so completely lacking in joy, charisma or talent telling us of these bands without joy, charisma or talent that they love.

The Jamie Redknapp Award for Pointless Footballing PunditryMichael Owen.

In the event of a nuclear war all that’s left is the roaches and Michael Owen endlessly talking in a dull monotone to any roach who’d listen about how they all need to do to win football matches is to put the ball in the net.

That’s the future of the human race: Michael Owen endless talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking and talking….

The Ray Winstone MassiveTool AwardAlex Ferguson

For decades we’ve had to put up with Ferguson telling us he never held grudges or vendettas. The minute he retires he releases a book outlining the grudges and vendettas he’s held for years.

Tool.

The Partick Thistle Award for The Film Which Should Have Done Better in 2013The World’s End

This was a year of actually some decent films. I saw the splendid Excision which is a lovely mix of Cronenberg and Lynch. Lord of Salem is a ridiculously fun horror film. Pacific Rim is the most fun I’ve had at the cinema in ages but they all have something in common in that they didn’t do as well as they really should have.

The film that should have been fucking enormous is Edgar Wright’s The World’s End.

It did ok, It ticked over but it never hit the heights of success Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead did. That’s a shame because it’s a better film than the other two, and those other two are very good films indeed but without getting too much into spoiler territory here The World’s End isn’t the big obvious fist punching end that many expected it to be.

It’s actually more than that. It’s also a more adult film than I was expecting with the alien plot being something that works well within the main plot of the story of five middle aged men. It’s also very British so that a lot of this will skim over an overseas audience; the wee smile that slips on Paddy Considine’s face when his character hears I’m Free by the Soup Dragons for the first time in decades is something only people who remember a certain time in British popular culture will get, while for everyone else they’ll lose the nuance in that scene which comes early in the film.

See, this is a film for people roughly aged between 40-50. The references in the first 20 minutes or so are things that were unique parts of our youth so that when the film gets to it’s ending it can read as a tragic ending, but I’ll leave plot discussion there. Search the film out or buy it. It’s a fantastic film. It might have helped if it wasn’t released in the middle of summer when we actually had a glorious summer. Ah well…

And finally...

2013 was pretty crap. Sure, some things were fun but it’s been a hard year for not only me, but many people I know and things don’t that much better in 2014. However I’m going to carry on blogging in 2014.

That means my 20 favourite comic book films. My top 20 pop songs. More stuff about politics. A football blog about Scotland’s World Cup send off in 1978. The history of Neptune Comic Distributors. The return of my personal history of Glastonbury Festival. More about the Glasgow comics and SF scene of the 1980’s, and of course porn!

Happy new year!

Inside Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson, the leader of the EDL has quit to work with Muslims in order to combat Islamic extremism. He says he’s seen the extremism within his group and how it was veering towards violence and extremism itself, so has consulted with the Quiliam Group in order to work with them. He appears to have found a different way to combat what is a very real threat of Islamic extremism not through violence, intimidation and protests which have often cost cash-strapped councils hundreds of thousands of pounds to police which is a way the EDL have essentially used as a form of blackmail, but through other ways of protest which are more democratic than Tweeting about ‘Muzzys’ and suggesting members take to the street at any opportunity, or even this.

Robinson has told Channel 4 News tonight he postponed leaving the EDL due to the murder of Lee Rigby. Now if one is to assume Robinson, and the EDL’s other leader, Kevin Carroll, have decided that the typical EDL tactics are no more, but Robinson has spent the months since Rigby’s murder whipping up hate against Muslims, starting fights and all manner of things which make my Spidey Sense tingle that perhaps Robinson is trying to stay out of prison for a while, though there’s also a part of me which is hopeful that he’s actually recanted on his past actions that’s only a very, very, very small part and this is about rebranding the EDL, ditching the more hardcore racists and possibly even looking to use this as a platform to launch a political career. After all, it’s hard to be an MP if you’re in prison for racially abusing someone.

There are however six questions posed by Hope not Hate Robinson can answer to see how legitimate he is.

1) Will you accept your role in inciting and fostering anti-Muslim hatred in communities up and down the country?

2) If so, what do you intend to do about it?

3) Do you admit to deliberately conflating Islamist extremism with the faith of Islam to spread an anti-Muslim agenda?

4) If the EDL has been taken over by far right extremists will you name names?

5) Will you reveal the names of the EDL funders?

6) Will you renounce your past links and speak out against Pam Geller and Robert Spencer?

He answers all of those then, and only then, I’ll be convinced he’s a changed man and this isn’t a stunt. Til then we can all watch EDL supporters tear themselves apart online as they all flail around hopelessly working out what to do next.

The March of the EDL

Today the EDL had a jolly little march through London which resulted in several arrests, including that of the EDL leader, Stephen Lennon, AKA Tommy Robinson. What was amusing was seeing Lennon martyr himself by getting arrested which was then followed by his supporters setting up a fund to pay for his legal costs, which of course will not go to any of Lennon’s mounting legal problems at all. Jings never!

I do however have a point to make in that EDL supporters seem singularly unable to actually articulate why on earth they’re supporting a group who’s goals are at best dubious and at worst are just outright fascistic in nature. The claim that the EDL ‘supports the military’ is simply a load of utter fucking cobblers as they’re not supporting the army in any way at all, and if they were then they should join up, however as most of them wouldn’t last five seconds they’d be singularly crap in any conflict. I also find the ‘but we’re working class people protecting our streets’ line to be one of the most intentionally obtuse things the EDL have ever said.

I’m from a strong working class background and I’ve also spoken about the language of race in the past, and frankly the working class are no more racist than any other class but they will be the first to feel any effects of a new group integrating itself in the country because immigrants are often stuck at the bottom of the pile along with the working class so if there’s not a lot to go around then people will blame easy scapegoats, especially if the middle class refuse to let immigrants move into traditional middle class areas.

No, the idea that because someone supporting the EDL is working class that they should logically follow them is bollocks. It’s divisive nonsense.  There is something to be said about the gentrification of former working class multicultural areas to be said, but that’s for another time. Today is about pointing and laughing at the EDL’s failure to achieve this huge street movement that will change the nation.

Their festishisation of the military is nothing but a smokescreen.  They are fascists. They are racist. They are bigots. They are to be mocked and laughed at, so here’s a picture care of Hope not Hate that will put a wee smile on your face….

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Ask Tommy Robinson-More Fun and Japes From The EDL

Yesterday Stephen Lennon AKA ”Tommy Robinson”, the leader of the EDL decided to have a Q & A session on Twitter using the hashtag #asktommyrobinson where I’m sure Lennon thought he’d have a fun day talking about being a violent thug with other like-minded violent thugs.

Sadly for Lennon it ended up being an excuse for the British people to show what they think of fascists. Fortunately for the rest of us it proved wonderfully hilarious, cathartic and just downright enlightening and early in the day some of the best Tweets were gathered here for people to read but seeing as I was spending yesterday suffering from food poisoning (I won’t bore you with the gory details) I decided to dive in.

And great fun it was too and exposing EDL members for what they are was worth every moment.

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If you can move past an EDL supporter throwing around rape casually, note how Lennon claims he trained as an aeronautical engineer. I asked him where he trained, as did many, many others but all we got were his drones firing back with responses like this.

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One of my other favourite exchanges was with this delightful chap who seems to feel a bit intimidated by my line of questioning..

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When all else fails simply pointing out the obvious is more than enough..

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Then there’s the ones thinking they’re being all so smart until the veneer slips and their agenda comes out for all to see even though they later try to move the goalposts..

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Then there’s the American racists…..

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Now all this was fun and it really is a hugely enjoyable thing to wind up racists and bigots online as sooner or later they’ll crack and show what they’re really like, especially when confronted by thousands upon thousands of people hammering them and their opinions on Twitter.

The point is that people are now aware of Lennon proposing a 15 year old girl online, or his recent charge of mortgage fraud, or his charges for passport fraud, or the nasty way his and his EDL drones (including female EDL drones) throw rape around as a threat not only to scare people about Muslims, but to threaten women in general.

The point in all this is that Lennon’s hope that he fielded some soft questions was battered aside by the wave after wave after wave (it’s around midday on Sunday the 28th of July as I write this the #asktommyrobinson hashtag is still trending over 24 hours later) of abuse, questions and general pisstaking from the great British public and it’s a great thing to see.

The more the EDL are exposed, mocked and questioned the better. The more their supporters are forced to answer questions as to why they support them or are violent misogynist wankers the better. The more light shone on the EDL’s cover up’s over their theft of charity money, or the cases of paedophiles in their ranks the better. The more people know just exactly what the EDL are, the better and for those EDL drones reading this that means you’re a bunch of racist, violent, sexually immature, misogynistic, homophobic, hypocritical morons and a waste of human flesh.

Just thought I’d make it clear….