If I worked in Selfridges, I’d refuse to serve Tommy Robinson. In fact, I’d call security


By Time Stanley 18 Sept 2013

So Tommy Robinson (aka Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, Andrew McMaster, Paul Harris and Ilsa the She Wolf) walked into Selfridges with a friend and the chap behind the counter refused to serve them. Tommy filmed the incident (as you do) and Selfridges says that it was “very disappointed” by what happened – so the Bolshie assistant now faces the sack. My friend Mic Wright, speaking in defence of the great British principle of fairness, agrees with their verdict and argues that the assistant was being grossly unprofessional.

But of course he was. And that’s why I like him.

If Tommy had come into my shop (let’s make it Harrods) and asked to buy a shirt, what would I have done? I’d’ve have a) overcharged him, b) cut a button off and c) told security that he didn’t pay for it and was obviously a shop lifter. But then the reason why I’d be acting so reasonable (that’s all reasonable, isn’t it?) is that I’m not a Muslim. Were I a member of a community who the EDL had been inciting violence against for years and Tommy had walked into my shop – I would almost certainly refuse to serve him. And I would do so fully aware that my job was at stake and perfectly prepared to lose it if needs be. Because some things in life are more important than keeping your job: and one of them is inconveniencing Tommy Robinson for half an hour. Yep, I think I’d be willing to risk bankruptcy for that.


Dr Tim Stanley is a historian of the United States. His biography of Pat Buchanan is out now. His personal website is you can follow him on Twitter @timothy_stanley.


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