On the 15th of May Tommy Robinson, also known as Steven Yaxley-Lennon, shouted "Hello Carlisle" to a crowd of cheering spectators who had travelled from all over Cumbria to hear him speak. Yaxley-Lennon had been campaigning in the city centre that day. Just a few hours earlier his fellow far-right activist and bodyguard Danny Tommo had posted a video on Twitter accusing The Labour Council and Cumbria police of being fascists for their large police presence and made claims they had deliberately tried to disrupt Yaxley-Lennon's campaign by not allowing his vehicle into the city centre.
It was later revealed in a statement by Cumbria Police regarding the incident, that:
When Jimmy Savile was exposed as a paedophile, was it really relevant that he was a Roman Catholic? Yaxley-Lennon and his supporters will claim it is relevant as they allege that 85% of grooming gangs are Muslims. But they not referring to a plethora of evidence, just one deeply flawed academic study, the Quilliam report, which claimed that 84% of grooming gang offenders are Asian with Muslim heritage.
An expert on child sexual exploitation criticised this study with the following statement.
He went on to tell his supporters "Carlisle isn't plagued with the problems I talk about but you need to protect this beautiful city." Highlighting the fact that most people in Cumbria are White British and there isn't many Asians or Muslims. But what exactly do the people of Carlisle need to protect their city from? Muslim paedophiles? To do that you would have to protect it from Muslims altogether as there is paedophiles within every community. And what are the practicalities of that? How do you exactly protect a city from Muslim migration?
He pointed out to his supporters that "Carlisle is a working class town" "We know who we are" "75% of this country is working class." "I'm one of you." But the truth is Yaxley-Lennon's working class credentials and his attempt to paint himself as some sort of working class hero don't really don't stand up to scrutiny, as anyone who tries to divide the working class is viewed by many as a "class traitor" or a " scab" in the same way as those that cross picket lines. There is only one working class whether black, white, Muslim or Jewish and our collective aspirations must focus on hope not hate.
Not once during Robinson's speech did he have any coherent policies or ideas about how he was going to change the country for the better. He had nothing positive to say except to talk about himself and highlight paedophiles that happen to be Muslim.
New Labour under Tony Blair made some unpopular choices such as the Iraq War and their continuing with the privatisation of the NHS which many Labour Members find unforgivable. But these things seem to have overshadowed a lot of the good work done by New Labour. Yaxley-Lennon has no answers, no ideas and no vision for a better society and this was clear when you listen to his speech in Carlisle.
Yaxley-Lennon specifically covers the cases of paedophiles that happen to be Muslim because he is a xenophobic, racist who see's those who are British Asians or Muslims as outsiders. For him terrorism and grooming gangs are just a handy stick to attack the Muslim community. Yaxley-Lennon supporters will claim he only covers the sex cases of Muslims because the establishment media aren't covering them. But nothing could be further from the truth.
The Crown Prosecution Service’s former prosecutor and lead on child sexual abuse who was responsible for bringing down grooming gangs once observed.