Tommy Robinson is a far-right, Islamophobic extremist. Here’s why. – HOPE not hate
In the last few weeks, former English Defence League (EDL) leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (alias Tommy Robinson), has started a crusade to confront journalists and bloggers that he believes have been “lying” about him.
To prove to the public that he is not a political extremist, Lennon has taken to showing up at opponents’ houses at night, banging on their door, looking through their letterboxes and shining lights through the windows.
“If you’re a journalist and you think your office or your home is a safe space …. It’s not,” he declared ominously in a recent video.
Lennon is now working alongside Caolan Robertson and George Llewelyn-John of The New Brit website to produce a video series called #TrollWatch for the right-wing Canadian media outlet Rebel Media.
Unsurprisingly, after HOPE not hate’s years of opposition to his politics, we have received messages of “See you soon” and threatening phone calls from both Robertson and Llewelyn-John, although as yet no Troll Watch visit has materialised.
In Lennon’s recent video he attempts to justify his new tactic of storming newspaper offices and turning up at people’s homes by saying he is merely “politely” asking people to “justify their accusations”. So, to save them a trip we thought we would lay out exactly how we categorise Lennon and why we will continue to oppose him and his politics.
To avoid straw-men arguments, we want to be clear. We don’t consider Lennon a “nazi”, a “fascist” or a “white supremacist”. Mis-/over-use of such terms risks devaluating them beyond usefulness and more importantly, miscategorisation reveals a lack of understanding which inevitably prohibits effective opposition.
Stephen Lennon is far right, Islamophobic and an extremist, and we will explain why.