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Dispatch International editors visit UK for a chat with Lennon

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[via. IslamophobiaWatch]

Dispatch International editors visit UK for a chat with Lennon

Following the humiliating failure of their recent efforts to organise a Scandinavian speaking tour for the English Defence League leadership, Lars Hedegaard and Ingrid Carlqvist, co-editors of the notorious “counterjihad” publication Dispatch International, have travelled to the UK to talk to Stephen Lennon. The results of their discussions with the former head of the EDL can be found here and here.

Lennon outlines for them the reasoning behind his decision to leave the EDL and launch a new organisation: “I think people are more willing to fund this than the EDL.” He denies that he has changed his views in any way since leaving the movement he helped to found: “What I’m saying now is the same as I’ve been saying for four and a half years.” Regarding Lennon’s relations with Quilliam, in co-operation with whom he announced his departure from the EDL, Hedegaard and Carlqvist put it to him that “you are using them and they are using you”. In response, Lennon “nods and grins”.

This just confirms what some of us have been saying all along. Lennon’s organisational break with the EDL didn’t represent any actual ideological change at all. It was just that a movement consisting of a mob of drunks, and populated by football hooligans and neo-Nazis, was hardly going to pull in any significant financial backing from the wealthy benefactors of the “counterjihad” network. By cutting himself off from these thuggish and openly fascistic elements and establishing a new group, Lennon calculated that he would be better placed to access such funding. As for Quilliam, he just took advantage of them in order to provide himself with a cover of respectability while he carried out this manoeuvre.

At least we now have it straight from the horse’s mouth.

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  • Diego Hernandez

    This guy is a pliable tool in addition to his many other qualities. He plays nice with a Muslim activist who tries to change his way of thinking under BBC cameras. He acts reasonable towards the Quilliam foundation and gets into their good books, despite announcing to a crowd of EDL supporters a threat of a war on all Muslims a few weeks earlier. Then when his old “counterjihad” bootboy buddies come calling, he sucks up to them as well. If you put him in a room with Bin Laden’s rotted corpse, he’d probably find himself convinced to join the Taliban.

    He’s not quite the consummate politician. He isn’t really any good at the job of speaking to his audience’s particular concerns. He just says whatever he thinks will get him the most kudos with whomever he’s speaking to, with no real awareness of the global audience that’s watching. He almost reminds me of Mitt Romney in that regard.

  • LeRoy Williams

    Any organisation with Stephen Yaxley-Lennon will ultimately fail. It was always obvious from the start that he was in it for the money, he is sick of ÂŁ20 donations, he wants ÂŁ200,000 donations from the Counter-Jihad industry.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Jahilwatch

  • The greenmantle

    The general public in the UK know a bunch of drunken skinheads when they see one thats why they would not fund them . As for any new ‘ not bunch of skin heads ‘ he would think to be involved with I suspect he wants to form an organisation able to tap into rich americam millionaires . UK millionares not being that interested in politics plus they would not want to be associated with this pillock- it simply would be bad for buisness .
    Since young tommy isnt all that good at public speaking nor has shown any great talent at writing how he is going to impress such people is beyond me . Plus his increacing criminal record is going to make it difficult visiting the states again
    Sir David

  • Jai_S

    The full extract from the Dispatch International interview is even more incriminating.

    Link: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ygyBMVikKvUJ:www.d-intl.com/2013/11/05/tommy-robinsons-long-journey-has-only-begun/%3Flang%3Den+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

    Extract:

    [Tommy Robinson/Stephen Yaxley-Lennon]: “The fact is that I thought it would be a good idea to appear together with Quilliam to gain credibility. It is good to sit together with them and say: “We don’t hate Muslims but we have to solve our problems.”

    When I met the people from Quilliam, I realized that they could help me with a lot of things. I’m just a working class bloke from Luton. I don’t know how to set up and run a think tank and get donations. I asked if they would teach me and they said yes. They said: “You may have whatever opinions you like but you will get more out of expressing them in a more political way.”

    [Dispatch International]: “Could we say that you are using them and they are using you?”

    Tommy doesn’t answer but nods and grins.

  • Seeker

    Don’t see what was stopping those people from funding him. Considering the hate both those sites spout. Isn’t it more likely that he is expecting to be funded by the average person who would most likely also have an instinctive dislike for all things Nazi?

  • Jai_S

    The full extract from the Dispatch International interview is even more incriminating.

    Link: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ygyBMVikKvUJ:www.d-intl.com/2013/11/05/tommy-robinsons-long-journey-has-only-begun/%3Flang%3Den+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

    Extract:

    [Tommy Robinson/Stephen Yaxley-Lennon]: “The fact is that I thought it would be a good idea to appear together with Quilliam to gain credibility. It is good to sit together with them and say: “We don’t hate Muslims but we have to solve our problems.”

    When I met the people from Quilliam, I realized that they could help me with a lot of things. I’m just a working class bloke from Luton. I don’t know how to set up and run a think tank and get donations. I asked if they would teach me and they said yes. They said: “You may have whatever opinions you like but you will get more out of expressing them in a more political way.”

    [Dispatch International]: “Could we say that you are using them and they are using you?”

    Tommy doesn’t answer but nods and grins.

  • Talking_fish_head

    The same “people” who fund Jahilwatch and atlasdruggs

  • Seeker

    “Somebody just give me some money !!! Pleeeeease !!! I’ll say anything you want me to say !!! ” – Stephen searching-for-the-pot-of-gold-at-the-end-of-a-rainbow Lennon
    How vile can people be. Trying to make the lives of so many people miserable just because you are a greedy git. Well, it’s been done before. And for the same reasons – money, power, greed. There was the Pharoah in the time of Musa (a.s) and also the Quraysh in the time of Muhammad (saw) and all their plots came to naught. As Allah aptly says in the Quran what roughly translates to “But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners.”
    May all the plans of these meanies be laid to waste.

    Be interested in knowing specifically who the “people” are that he expects funds from. The general public ? Specific billionaires?

  • mindy1

    Go away bigots, you are not wanted

  • GaribaldiOfLoonwatch

    Key paragraph: “Lennon outlines for them the reasoning behind his decision to leave the EDL and launch a new organisation: “I think people are more willing to fund this than the EDL.” He denies that he has changed his views in any way since leaving the movement he helped to found: “What I’m saying now is the same as I’ve been saying for four and a half years.” Regarding Lennon’s relations with Quilliam, in co-operation with whom he announced his departure from the EDL, Hedegaard and Carlqvist put it to him that “you are using them and they are using you”. In response, Lennon “nods and grins”.

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