Tommy Robinson – Disgracing A Nation
Tommy Robinson has markets himself as ‘the voice of the people’ and claims to represent the working class of Great Britain. But that’s not the case at all.
The 36 year old was raised in Luton and first shot to fame when he founded the far-right English Defence League (EDL) in 2009. Since then, Robinson has gone on to publish two books and create various social media channels where he is followed by millions.
Robinson claims that his goal is to provide a voice for the voiceless and say the things that “regular” British people want to say but can’t in the fear that they will be branded a racist.
But it isn’t just his extreme far-right views that make him a primary example of the divide and hatred that is rife in Great Britain today. It’s the fact the ‘Tommy Robinson’ does not even exist.
Robinson’s real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and the 32-year-old was born in Luton in 1982. Yaxley-Lennon was raised by his two Irish parents in one of the biggest cultural mixing pots in the UK.
Yaxley-Lennon is simply playing a character. He identified a gap in the market when he first embarked on his political career (yes, I use the term ‘political’ loosely) working with one of Britain’s most divisive and discriminatory parties, the BNP. He spotted that the unaware, woe is me, “there’s too many blacks in this country” voters needed a leader, someone that they could really believe in.
He targets an impressionable demographic that can be drip fed skewed information to confirm their already racist beliefs. What is so strange is that besides his racist, hate-filled propaganda, Robinson literally offers nothing else to his supporters. He recites discriminatory material to win the support of these people just to subsequently sell them his latest book.
People that support this man need to realise that he does not share their views and he does not care about their welfare. He is using their support to enhance his career and reputation. Robinson’s fans are simply giving providing him with a platform to spread even more hatred. The hatred is then taught to the children of his supporters, and they’ll teach it to their children and the cycle continues until our already divided nation is torn apart at the seams.
People like Robinson are undeniably a significant driving force behind the divides we see in today’s society. By taking away the support on social media and the ease of influence, you take away this man’s soapbox and leave him in a position where he is no longer able to pollute the nation with his negative, self-obsessed agenda
Now more than ever in the UK we need people to come together, regardless of race or religion. We are all in this together.