This is Damien Smyth, he is the landlord of the Jameson Arms pub in Blythe Road, West Kensington. Mr Smyth, in a publicity stunt organised for Donald Trump’s Uk visit a fortnight ago, changed the name of his pub to “The Trump Arms”this was organised by Patrick Sullivan, CEO of right wing think tank Parliament Street and Lucy Brown who used to work for EDL’s Tommy Robinson and filmed some of his offensive videos:
The story was covered in Private Eye here :
This cheap publicity stunt was for a supposed ” welcome party” ” for President Trump held at the pub for £30 per head.
As THINK are very concerned about these dubious persons up to no good near our local area, here are their photographs:
This is Patrick Sullivan
This is Lucy Brown
Looking up Ms Brown led us to a variety of offensive far right websites but here is a description of her from one: ” Lucy is a firm believer in common sense, reality, and being as offensive and stupid as you possibly can.”
And here she is pictured with Tommy Robinson (in the middle).
So no visit was made to the pub by Donald Trump of course but here is a politician who did attend the Trump Arms shindig:
Pictured above, on the right (literally!) at The “Trump Arms” is David Campbell Bannerman, Tory MEP for the East of England, former UKIP Deputy Leader (he rejoined the Tories back in 2011 having defected to UKIP in 2004), former Tory councillor in Tunbridge Wells, former special adviser to Sir Patrick Mayhew (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in John Major’s Conservative Government n the late nineties.
As well as being a fanatical Brexiteer, Campbell-Bannerman ( a descendant of Liberal Prime Minister from 1905-1908 Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman) also wrote UKIP’s bonkers 2010 election manifesto, (which they tried to take down).As many of these far right wingers love to go on about how much they believe the freedom of speech, here it is:
Apparently UKIP’s former PR man Gawain Towler was offering landlord Damien Smyth some “help” too. He obviously wasn’t really very helpful to Mr Smyth because here, below are just a couple of Smyth’s aggressive responses posted on local social media site Nextdoor. to an elderly woman, a formidable campaigner who merely aired reasonable objections to the politics of both Trump and Tommy Robinson and called for a peaceful protest outside the pub:
Damien Smyth, Brook Green West·1d ago
I NEED AN APOLOGY FOR THE FACIST /RACIST STATEMENT
Mr Smyth then posted this picture
Damien Smyth, Brook Green West·1d ago
PLEASE NOW RETRACT AND APOLOGISE FOR THE SHAMEFULL DISGUSTING ” FACIST HORRIBLE RACIST LANDLORD ” COMMENT
PLEASE VIEW THE PHOTO I SENT.
And here were a few good and sensible responses from other locals to the story and to Damien Smyth:
J – Brackenbury Village: “Apart from anything else his spelling is atrocious.”
P – Brook Green West :
“We really do not want our multiethnic neighbourhood polarised by the activities of this pub and their friends. We should show it and steer clear of the place.”
A- Shepherds Bush Green: “I certainly wont be going in that Pub again!!!
R – Avonmore: “Damien, thank you for joining the discussion. Please can you stop bullying this 82 year old woman who clearly wrote her post out of frustration at your actions. Action have consequences, you must know that?
There is a strong feeling you sold out our community to the media aims of Patrick Sullivan, the CEO of a Right Wing think tank leading on lobbying for Brexit, and Lucy Brown the self styled producer of Tommy Robinson’s Islamaphobic You Tube channel.
Mr Robinson is the former leader of the EDL. The EDL began in Luton, a town with a huge Irish community and a large Wahhabi community. Mr Robinson enjoys conflating all Muslim people with Wahhabism and grew himself a huge following. This following has been used and built upon by several organisations, such as UKIP.
The leaders of the Brexit movement have enjoyed using this racist energy and its associated votes to exit the EU. (Just as bankers used it to divert the masses away from blaming them for the 2008 crash.)
Trump & Putin hate the EU because of its trading strength and success. Trump retweeting Britain First is to encourage the mislead racism. Trump courting Farage, Boris and Piers Morgan is simply an extension of the wider problem of politicians across the globe courting Popularism for Power instead of genuinely working towards a safer world for all. Remember the biggest losers in Brexit will be from the bottom up.
Trump using his grass roots popularism has caged children, taken away women’s rights over their bodies, undermined hard fought disability rights, courted dictators with atrocious human rights records etc; generally played a game to increase wealth for the rich and poverty for the poor.
The Trump Arms is a symbol of this power play on ordinary people. This is why it has evoked so much emotion and you, Sir, are the man who brought it to our doors.
You are a pub landlord which means you have a responsibility to this community which is greater than the personal opinions of you and your wife. You are the ones who chose to make our community look racist and fascist in the media.
Personally, I feel you need to apologise to us. ”
THINK are not surprised that right wing sympathiser Mr Smyth reacts to criticism this way but are truly appalled that himself and others intimidated the elderly woman into removing her posts objecting to his pub from the site. She had also been allegedly receiving threats.
But as well as Mr Smyth’s crazy outbursts, Things got even crazier when this was posted alongside them:
Ann Gylman, Holland Park·5d ago
“My only comment is re Tommy Robinson and the media take on him. Tommy is an independent journalist and if one cares to watch and listen to his interviews on Youtube, may be surprised. He has one stand which is for stopping the organised child abuse and child rape in UK which is persistently ignored by all media. For 11 years he has spoken about this openly, trying to open a discussion and inform parents. He has been supported by the Times, Stefan Molyneoux and many more media outlets,including Muslin Imam, who discuss this seeming taboo subject openly with him online. He seems to me a reasonable, committed father, husband and decent man.”
“Journalist? “Decent man?” Yes this bonkers response is from Ann Gylman AKA Ann Schneider-Cullen, a woman who was associated with alleged cult (“the church of bleach”) Genesis II which promotes the use of MMS, “Magical Mineral Solution” – actually chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleach – to supposedly cure autism, HIV, malaria, cancer as well as a supposed aid for general better health – truly shocking and appalling.. (She is pictured above with a bottle of the stuff.)
Ms Gylman was outed by the Sunday Mirror earlier this year for selling pills made from sugar and lemon juice marketed as derivatives of MMS here:
Good grief! After all the crazy goings on the Nextdoor site THINKers were longing to see the return of “lost cats” and “looking for a plumber” posts on there! Nobody can ever call West London boring we suppose.
Anyway THINK will not be setting foot in the Jameson Arms and we thoroughly condemn the far right politics of hate and prejudice and all who promote them , as well any bullying of a peaceful individual who aired reasonable objections. We also believe that the Conservative Party really ought to take a closer look at some of its members.
Anyway, to end on a positive note, here is a picture from the Stop Trump protest in London to show which Trump event really was very well attended and to reassure concerned locals that there will be no far right takeover of our multicultural neck of the woods happening anytime soon