Blair Peach is in the news this week … it was confirmed that the police almost certainly killed him in April 1979 while he was demonstrating against the National Front. I remember him from posters around London when I first lived there, soon after his death, and from Linton Kwesi Johnson’s tribute (below). This piece was written by his nephew.
I looked at MyT yesterday and saw a post on Peach by a BNP member. A usually rational blogger commented that ‘As he was a teacher, at least there are plenty of under 40’s about who did not get brainwashed by his particular hang-ups when at school.’ I found this highly repellent … Peach worked for ten years with special needs children, and anyway, why was fighting Nazism in 1979 so different from fighting it in 1939?
I went to see Linton Kwesi Johnson in Dublin a couple of times in the early 1980s. This music brings happy memories of nights in the Television Club in Dublin and the George Robey in Finsbury Park.