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Op-Ed: Civil War at 'Searchlight' magazine

By Alexander Baron     Nov 5, 2012 in Politics
London - 'Searchlight' magazine claims to have been in the forefront of fighting the fascist menace since 1975. Now, its valiant founder is being turned over good and proper, not by its and his avowed enemies, but from within.
Poor Gerry Gable, he can see a swastika at 50 paces, he can even detect Nazi architecture in a kindergarten sandpit as one of his detractors said once, but like the late John Tyndall, he was so fixated on alien and for the most part non-existent conspiracies that he missed the knife in the back. Let's though not talk about Nick Griffin. Ever heard of a magazine called Target? There are probably a few worldwide, but this particular one is published by The Searchlight Victims Support Group.
You can download a few scanned copies of Target and New Target from the Internet Archive.
The latest issue, number 49, was received at the home of Searchlight Archive on November 5, but it wasn't a guy on the bonfire, it wasn't even a goy. Available for the princely sum of £1 (stamps acceptable) from The Searchlight Victims Support Group, BM 4534, London WC1N 3XX, it contains photographs in full colour (a first) of the people behind the insurgency. Unsurprisingly, they are from Hate Not Hope (yes, you got that right). Last June we weren't quite sure what this cabal was up to, but now, Target has looked behind the scenes, and it is all both very clear and very unpleasant (if your name is Gable).
Top of the pile is Nick Lowles (whose name is misspelt Knowles under his photograph), but don't be put off by that stupid grin. He has on occasion used an alias or two, including perhaps Peter Brighton. Lowles was brought in as Gerry Gable's understudy, and at one time it looked as though he and a certain Mr Silver would run the magazine together, now though Mr Lowles has left the magazine but taken most of the important stuff with him, like the mailing list and both Searchlight Information Services and the Searchlight Educational Trust.
According to Target, shortly after the coup, the rebels - as they are styled - informed the police that Sonia Gable had stolen £18,000 from SET funds. As Mrs Gable is not only a magistrate but an accountant by profession, it is virtually inconceivable that she would have done something so blatantly criminal, in spite of her poor taste in men. It is unlikely though that she will sue anyone for defamation, having been accused of far worse by a certain demented left wing conspiracy crank (who won't be named here), who claimed she had set up people to be murdered back in her student days.
While the betrayal of Nick Lowles is lamentable, it is not as shocking as Graeme Atkinson jumping ship. Atkinson has been with Gable since before Lowles was born. And Matthew Collins, the man to whom Gable was by his own account almost a surrogate father. There are a host of other new plotters named in the magazine too, all photographed in full colour.
The only photograph in black and white is one of Gerry Gable himself, and a familiar one it is too. It was taken at his 60th birthday party, one of the guests at which was his former Nazi friend (and unreconstructed anti-Semite) Ray Hill.
At that time, the late Morris Riley was in litigation with Mr Gable, his magazine and Mr Hill, but was having problems serving a libel writ on the latter because no one appeared to know his address, including Mr Gable, or so he claimed.
Morris Riley (1945-2001).
Morris Riley (1945-2001).
After Mr Hill's photograph from Gerry's birthday bash was published in Searchlight, Mr Riley was informed by Counsel that he should write to company secretary Sonia Gable and demand she disclose his address on peril of being found in contempt of court. Mr Hill duly materialised, including at the High Court, and on February 23, 2000, Morris Riley won an historic judgment against all three: Messrs Gable & Hill, and Searchlight Magazine Ltd.
As Mr Gable's memory was apparently so poor in 1997, and included his recollections of solving a murder that never happened, how much poorer must it be today when his 76th birhday is approaching?
Clearly Messrs Lowles and company wish to see Mr Gable retire, which he may well have to if his income dries up from his magazine - since the libel action brought by Mr Riley and others, only a handful of shops nationwide stock it, if that. And if Hate Not Hope is muscling in on Mr Gable's research too, that doesn't leave much for him to do except put another bagel on the fire and snuggle up with a copy of a book by his favourite author, a bloke named Alexander Baron. Sweet irony!
The first page of the Order in Riley v Gable & Others  2000.
The first page of the Order in Riley v Gable & Others, 2000.
The second page of the Order in Riley v Gable & Others  2000.
The second page of the Order in Riley v Gable & Others, 2000.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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