Tommy Robinson: Enemy of the State is a book that revolves around the trials and tribulations that Tommy Robinson (Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) has had to face throughout his life. He guides the reader through his turbulent childhood, his years involved in football hooliganism as an adolescent and young adult, to the creation of the infamous EDL (English Defence League), right up to the modern day.
I picked up this book solely to learn about and understand Robinson’s point of view. It was fascinating to read about what really happened around the time the EDL were at their peak, as well as how they were formed. So many misconceptions and foul rumours were dismissed as such in this book that I’m glad I gave it a chance. It became apparent to me that when Robinson unveiled himself a year a half into the EDL’s existence (before this time, he was concealed by a balaclava), the media had spotted a source of vulnerability – a crack in the armour – which they infiltrated and exposed, slapping his face onto the front covers of national newspapers and labelling him a racist – which he wasn’t. Of course, the British public lapped it up without question, and from there Robinson faced an up-hill battle to recover his reputation.
To this day, the majority of the British population believe that the EDL were a racist faction, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, as Robinson explains multiple times throughout the book. Not only was the EDL comprised of wide mix of races, but when invited to align itself with the BNP (British National Party), who were overtly racist, Robinson and the upper-echelon of the EDL responded with a resounding no. They wanted nothing to do with racism, despite what the media made out. The EDL’s enemy was those in favour of radical Islam, and those who supported the implementation of Sharia Law.
I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Tommy Robinson. He comes across as a very misunderstood individual who, despite having the best intentions in the world, was lambasted and humiliated for patriotism. Leftists who regurgitate what their friends and parents tell them without researching for themselves were, and still are, perhaps one of the biggest obstacles Robinson has had to face throughout his campaign. They call him racist, xenophobic, as well as every other label under the sun, but when asked to provide an example, they become flustered. It dawns on them that, actually, they don’t realise what they’re saying, and have instead followed their ignorant friends and family like sheep. As long as the British public remain narrow-minded, Britain will continue to capitulate beneath the strain of radical Islam until the inevitable happens. I commend Robinson for the work he’s done, but it’s a thankless task.
An issue I found with this book, though, was that the structure was slightly off. It appeared as if Robinson had simply spilled all of his thoughts across the pages without much of a pause in-between, which ultimately caused the book to become repetitive and monotonous.
For open-minded individuals who like to explore both sides of an argument, this book is for you.
You can find the book here on Amazon: Tommy Robinson Enemy of the State.