The rupture between the Hope Not Hate (HnH) and Gerry and Sonia Gable’s Searchlight magazine over a year ago now certainly caused some confusion amongst anti-fascist activists, not least because HnH has very creditably declined to talk about the circumstances; and has instead got on with the core business of building opposition to the far-right.
I receive both magazines, and one clear contrast is that Hope Not Hate understands that the cuts from the Conservative led coalition government create a feeding ground for despair, and that a positive political message needs to be taken into communities that feel abandoned by the professional political class.
The more narrow focus of Searchlight excludes criticism of the Tory government. It is reasonable to ask whether this because Sonia Gable is a member of the Liberal Democrats, and indeed a former Lib Dem candidate.
Of particular interest to the left might be Sonia Gable’s seat on the board of The Forest Academy Trust.
I understand that this used to be Bob Crow’s old school, and that the RMT was involved in the campaign to prevent it becomming an Academy. Furthermore, Bob Archer, who works with Gerry Gable was one of the people who led the NUT campaign. How Sonia Gable being on the board of the Academy aligns with Searchlight’s relationship with unions like RMt and NUT is anyone’s guess.
BTW, was everyone as bemused as I was to see the front page of Searchlight recently given over to a tribute to the lamented Julie Waterson of Anti-Nazi League fame, given the spiteful tone of Searchlight’s previous attitude to Julie. For example see this article by the Gable from 1992: Searchlight-April-1992-pages-14-15. Searchlight seem to be reinventing themselves as friends of the far left, for example their participation in the UAF protest outside the Greek embassy recently.