One of the reasons Class War didn’t become any stronger after 1986 was that we had to spend a whole year on the defensive dealing with Searchlight’s smear campaign propagated within Anti-Fascist Action.As soon as one Searchlight allegation was rebutted another would spring up in it’s place. Eventually AFA set up an independent inquiry into the allegations to which Searchlight produced not one jot of evidence and ClassWar was exonerated.Let me give you just one example of Searchlight’s allegations ‘People seen on the Bash The Rich march on Hampstead – many with tattoos and skinhead haircuts and ‘ short sleeved shirts’ looked like the same kind of people who attended NF demonstrations’!!!!! I wrote Class War’s line by line rebuttal of Searchlight’s smear to the AFA enquiry and the other allegations were even more ridiculous but nebulous enough to be hard to refute. Anyway the damage was done and Class War lost it’s momentum.Hardly any surprise then that now the EDL are on the streets similar smears are used against anarchists opposing them. I refer to the smears against WAG on the Socialist Unity site. As a helpful starter Socialist Unity’s Andy Newman sticks this comment up:
‘It is not of course unheard of for anarchists to find common ground with fascists.
Sergio Pannunzio and Filippo Corradini went so far as to join Mussolini’s fascisti and become the main ideologues of Italian fascism, while still considering themselves anarchists.’
Classic smear worthy of Gerry Gable himself. It truly is amazing that everytime fascists appear on the streets the Left smears those physically opposing them…….I’m only amazed Andy didn’t stick an analysis of Proudhon’s anti-semitism into his toxic brew. We could respond with mention of a whole heap of socialists who veered off to the right – one of whom even signed a pact with Hitler. But rueful experience shows responding to this stuff is like treading in quicksand……….you’ll never get away from it.