Searchlight Critical Bibliography

Hackney Gazette AND NORTH LONDON ADVERTISER, May 15, 1962, page 4.

An election result from Gable’s local press.

A 17-8% turnout was reported; Northfield ward results were as follows:

Labour  1,108
Con       114
Lib       562
Comm (G.C. Gable)  178

At the time of writing (August 2002), this is the first reference I have been able to find to Gable in print.

P.-c. lost part of ear: 3 sentenced, published in the Birmingham Mail, (LATE NIGHT FINAL), July 28, 1962, page 3.

This appears to be Ray Hill’s first claim to fame.

Michael John Jesse Huckfield, 18, William Alfred Wright, 19, and Raymond Hill, 22, the latter of Richmond Hill Road, Langley, were all jailed. Huckfield was said to have thrown a brick through the glass of a cigarette machine. The police officer tried to arrest him and was set upon by all three of them. He was thrown to the ground and part of his ear was ripped off. Hill was given two years for wounding, 6 months for attempted theft, 18 months for ABH and common assault in unrelated incidents. He pleaded guilty.

, published in the Times, September 3, 1962, page 6.

Jerry Gable is quoted. * He was said to be an organiser of the Yellow Star Movement. Reverend W. Sargent was the co-founder of the Yellow Star.

Gable said that the previous Saturday night people had driven through the meeting area of Ridley Road shouting “Heil Hitler”, “Keep Britain White” and “Down with the Jews”. The meeting had resulted in mass arrests.

* Complete with his misspelt name, this appears to be the first reference in print to Gable’s street politics.

‘RAID ON WAR BOOK AUTHOR’S HOME HAD POLITICAL ASPECT’, published in the Evening Standard, (WEST END FINAL CLOSING PRICES), November 28, 1963, page 21. Also published as Story of raid on an author’s home in another edition. (Based on photocopy).

Gable’s first, and to date only, unsuccessful brush with the law. (See following entries also). The really interesting thing here is that 30 years later Mr Ivan Lawrence QC who defended him here was (as Sir Ivan Lawrence) the chairman of the Home Affairs Committee on racial attacks to which Gable gave "evidence".

“Bogus GPO men tried to grab Nazi papers” HISTORIAN TELLS OF TRIO WHO CAME TO TEST PHONE, published in the Evening Standard, WEST END FINAL CLOSING PRICES, Wednesday, December 18, 1963, page 13.

Gable and co committed for trial. Mr Leslie Jacobs, a company director of Chatsworth Road, Clapton, stood £250 surety for each of them. Each provided his own bail. They were charged with breaking and entering.

I AM NOT A FASCIST says author who was tricked by anti-Nazis, published in the Islington Gazette, January 17, 1964, page 8.

Report of a 26 year old Gable together with his co-racialists Manny Carpel and David Freedman standing trial for breaking into David Irving’s flat - burglary artifice this is called nowadays, ie they tricked their way in. Gable and Carpel pleaded guilty, no evidence was offered against Freedman. Gable and Carpel were fined £20 for the “break-in”; Gable was fined £5 for stealing a G.P.O. pass card.

The scan of this article has been compressed, this has reduced its quality somewhat; the final paragraph reads as follows:

After the hearing Mr. Irving
said: “As far as the charge
that I am a Fascist is con-
cerned, the overburdening
weight of the evidence is
against it.”

The fight against fascism, by J. Cornell, published in the Jewish Chronicle, July 9, 1965, page 43.

Written from London SW 1, this contribution to LETTERS TO THE EDITOR contains a passing reference to “the Searchlight Association” which is said to have published “the only pictorial exposé of fascism in Britain today”.

RACIAL GROUP TO HOLD COLOUR BAR TEST, published in the Birmingham Evening Mail and DESPATCH, (LATE NIGHT FINAL), No. 31,065, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1965, page 5.

This is a report on the activities of Birmingham Co-ordinating Committee Against Racial Discrimination, quoting its acting chairman, a certain Maurice Ludmer.

Fined for attempted break-in, published in the Jewish Chronicle, August 26, 1966, page 13.

This scan has been compressed and has lost some quality; the last three lines at the bottom of the first column read as follows:

“He has been printing Nazi litera-
ture and must be stopped.”
Mr Parker added that the firm


Below is the summary of the article I made before the scan was added.

Reports that Manny Carpel then 22 and Michael Cohen aged 30, pleaded guilty at North London Magistrates’ Court to attempted burglary at the premises of W.H. Jones in Stoke Newington. Detective Inspector Albert Wickstead for the police.

They believed the firm to be printing literature for John Tyndall’s Greater Britain Movement. (It had been, but only until May 1965).

The attempted break-in was July 20. The magistrate commented that “obviously the provocation was very, very great”. Indeed. Carpel was fined; Cohen was conditionally discharged. Carpel was unemployed. Cohen had been employed by the then GLC. He was dismissed when he was charged. The magistrate said “When I was young, we were taught that a person was innocent until proved guilty”. The defence solicitor replied “That is out of date, sir”.

Carpel had three previous convictions, two of them politically related, (see the above for one of them).

Disorder At AIMS Meeting As Students Gate-Crash, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), Friday, June 7, 1968, page 8.

A report of the usual ragbag mob of left wing stormtroopers doing their level best to wreck a meeting in democratic Britain. Hill is quoted herein; he claims not only to be a Jew but to be a foster parent to a non-white child. Fortunately for Jews, Ray Hill came from impeccably Nordic stock, and it is doubtful if even in 1968 a man with a conviction for serious violence such as he incurred in 1962 would have been considered suitable to foster a dog, much less a child of any race. Hill’s ludicrous outburst here is almost certainly the source of the later rumour that he had a Nigerian mistress and two half-caste children.

IF AMERICA IS ‘SICK’ THEN SO IS BRITAIN, a letter about the recent Kennedy assassination, from Ray Hill, published in the Leicester Mercury, EXTRA, Monday, June 10, 1968, page 4.

Hill says he deplores violence!

Murder Threat To AIMS Official, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), June 12, 1968, page 1. Continued on page 19 as MURDER THREAT: WIFE ‘VERY UPSET’.

Hill, of 83 Bosworth Street, said to be 29 years old with an eleven year old child. Obviously a misprint of eleven months. He is said also to be secretary of the north-west district of AIMS. He received a death threat after publication of his letter the previous Monday. His occupation is given as a marketing consultant!

City Man “Involved In Colin Jordan Incident”, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), November 11, 1968, page 18.

Raymond Hill, a 29 year old free-lance salesman was remanded on £40 bail with £40 surety for assault on a press photographer occasioning actual bodily harm. The stipendiary was John F. Milward, - the same stipendiary as in the 1976 criminal libel case. This incident likewise involved Colin Jordan.

City Man Remanded On Assault Charge, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), November 25, 1968, page 17.

Hill further remanded on bail.

‘Nasty assault’ on Pressman, published in the Birmingham Evening Mail, (LATE NIGHT FINAL), December 9, 1968, page 9.

Hill said to have grabbed his victim by the lapels and punched him on the jaw.

Jordan Town Hall rally protest, published in the Birmingham Evening Mail, (LATE NIGHT FINAL), December 10, 1968, page 5.

Ludmer threatening to cause trouble.

‘Photographer hit after meeting’, published in the Birmingham Post, December 10, 1968, page 2.

This is a lengthy report of Hill’s assault on a photographer in Birmingham. Hill said to have claimed that he was not a supporter of Colin Jordan but had gone along to the meeting out of curiosity. He is said to have punched the photographer in the face and to have struck him several times.

Photographer Punched On Jaw At Jordan Meeting: LEICESTER MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ‘NASTY ASSAULT’, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), December 10, 1968, page 11.

The article reports Hill was given a six month jail sentence suspended for two years; it reports too his previous conviction for GBH.

‘Militant action’ threat to stop Jordan meeting, published in the Birmingham Post, December 24, 1968, page 8.

Ludmer threatening to cause trouble. Again.

“Racialist Undertones” Protest To Questioners, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), February 10, 1969, page 10.

Hill, a freelance salesman of 175 Loughborough Road, Belgrave, said to be a group organiser for the British Movement. He was one of several people who kicked up a row at a meeting of the Leicester Secular Society which was discussing immigration.

“REVOLUTIONARIES” LAUNCH ATTACK ON SCHOOLS, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), February 26, 1969, page 1.

Report on “Who The Hell?” leaflet story.

OFFICIAL COMPLAINT OVER “WHO THE HELL” LEAFLET Breach of Law, says Colin Jordan Man, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), March 11, 1969, page 5.

Hill said to be complaining about a leaflet allegedly produced by Leicester students and handed out to schoolkids.

HUMANISTS’ DISCLAIMER, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), June 17, 1969, page 4.

A letter from Leicester Humanist Society dissociating itself from Ray Hill’s “objectionable...racialist hysteria.”

British Movement Man In Scuffle published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), June 24, 1969, page 3.

Hill mildly attacked by someone who took objection to his leafleting. He retaliated. No action taken.

LEICESTER MEETING ON RACE RELATIONS ENDS IN UPROAR, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), September 16, 1969, page 5.

Hill said to be branch organiser. Said to have caused disruption at a management meeting discussing race relations.

“If you think you can throw me out try it,” Mr Hill replied.

He is also quoted thus: Mr Hill stood up to say that he had fostered a negro child for years and had “grown to love the child as one of my own.”

Prosecution Threat Over Leprosy Leaflets, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), October 20, 1969, page 15.

Hill, Leicester British Movement branch secretary, threatened with prosecution if he distributed them in future under a city bye-law.

LEAFLETS STREWN AT TOWN HALL - NO ACTION LIKELY, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), October 21, 1969, page 19.

Burglar took Colin Jordan documents, published in the Leicester Mercury, (EXTRA), November 11, 1969, page 11.

This reports on documents stolen from Hill’s home including personal letters and photographs; nothing of intrinsic value. In view of Hill’s later activities, one cannot now take this alleged burglary at face value.

Risky shifts, cautious shifts, and group polarization, by Colin Fraser, Celia Gouge and Michael Billig, (Bristol), published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, 1971, Vol 1-1, pages 7-30.

Social categorization and intergroup behaviour, by Henri Tajfel, M.G. Billig, R.P. Bundy and Claude Flament, published in European Journal of Social Psychology, 1971, 1-2, pages 149-78.

THE MONDAY CLUB A danger to British Democracy, published circa 1972.

This was put out anonymously “Published in the Public interest”, and for a very good reason; this scurrilous 30 page pamphlet is libellous of many people. There are no indications as to who published it, but it has all the hallmarks of arch-Aryan-hater Maurice Ludmer. The innuendo is that everyone on the right or who wants an end to immigration is a Nazi/genocidal maniac.

October 31, 1972: Decree absolute in Pauline Beryl Roberts v Richard David Roberts

THE COMPUTER AND LITERARY STUDIES, Edited by A.J. Aitken, R. W. Bailey and N. Hamilton-Smith, published by Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, (1973). 369 pages. Index.

Page 346 lists Gill Seidel’s address as 18 Broadhurst Avenue, Edgware, Middlesex.

Lexicometric analysis of co-occurrences, by Annie Geffroy, P Lafon, Gill Seidel, and M. Tournier, published in THE COMPUTER AND LITERARY STUDIES, pages 113-33, (see above entry).

GUIDE TO EXTREMISM IN BRITAIN 1973, EXTREME RIGHT, published by the Circle for Democratic Studies, Croydon, (1973). 24 pages. [Based on photocopy.]

This pamphlet was compiled by Julian Ratcliffe and Leslie Wooler. Leslie Wooler appears to have been a Searchlight mole before the magazine itself was established. The pamphlet was published by a non-existent organisation from an accommodation address. I was led originally to believe that it was the work of the Searchlight team. Now I’m certain of it, but for a totally different reason than at first suspected. Leslie Wooler was one of the Searchlight team’s first agents, perhaps the first. The really significant thing about this pamphlet is it contains no mention of Column 88. The style in which it is written (including the disinformation) indicates that Maurice Ludmer - and possibly even Gerry Gable - had more than a hand in compiling it.

On page 14, in a reference to Arnold Leese House it is claimed that “It was this building that housed the National Socialist Movement and where plans to bomb and attack the Jewish community were hatched by Jordan, his wife and their SS Groups.”

These were the very same words used in the pamphlet A Well-Oiled Nazi Machine and the April 1975 issue of Searchlight which resulted in Colin Jordan bringing criminal libel charges against Maurice Ludmer.

Social Categorization and similarity in intergroup behaviour, by Michael Billig and Henri Tajfel, (both then of University of Bristol), published in European Journal of Social Psychology, Vol. 3-1, 1973, pages 27-52.

The above was part-funded by the Ford Foundation.

The symbolism of pronouns in political discourse, by Gill Seidel, A. Chester and J. Wesselius, Paper presented to the International Conference on Computers and the Humanities, University of Minnesota, (July 1973).

Not seen by compiler; this paper is alluded to in Political Language and Oratory in Traditional Society, Edited by Maurice Bloch, published by Academic Press, London, (1975), page 231.

Normative communication in a minimal intergroup situation, by Michael Billig, published in European Journal of Social Psychology, 1973, Vol 3-3, pages 339-43.

Page 343 gives his name as M. G. Billig.

Undated letter

Maurice Ludmer was in something called the Birmingham Campaign Against Racism, an ad hoc committee; there is an undated letter from him circa 1974? in Wiener Library file IBJ 1962 Nazi Pamphlets.

A WELL-OILED NAZI MACHINE: An Analysis of the Growth of the Extreme Right in Britain, published by A.F. & R. Publications, London, (1974). 16 pages.

According to Searchlight, Issue 21, page 7, this pamphlet was published November 1974. According to Issue 29, page 3, it was published in September 1974. It is possible that both these claims are correct. It is not known how many printings there were but the pamphlet sold extremely well. It may have actually been first published as early as June 1974.

According to FOREWARNED AGAINST FASCISM, No 5. Undated, page 14, it was published in August 1974.

This is the publication which really launched Searchlight. The uncredited authors were Maurice Ludmer and Gerry Gable. Although Gable was the junior partner, the sloppy research is typical of him, while the innuendo is more typical of the late and unlamented Ludmer. The following brief analysis is based on the microfiche of the booklet in the Wiener Library.

It covers the Action Party, Tyndall, Webster, Jordan ad nauseum. The title is taken from a quote attributed to then self-professed National Socialist Martin Webster in 1962. The entire publication is basically a smear job on the keep-Britain-white lobby.

Page 3 lists the chronology of the extreme right in Britain and also claims that the Second World War ended with ten million dead in the “Death Camps”. As the enlightened reader will be aware, the death toll for the Nazi concentration camps is more flexible than an Access card, but such an absurdly high total won’t wash today. On page four it is revealed that those wicked “Nazis” even have the audacity to deny the Holocaust in its entirety.

“Recently, journalists and MPs were sent copies of a magazine...entitled ‘The Lie of the Six Million’...”

Actually, this magazine/pamphlet was the now world (in)famous Did Six Million Really Die? The story of its distribution was revealed in an article Secret of a house called Heidelberg, by Andrew Fyall, which appeared in the Daily Express, June 17, 1974, page 8.

Page 16 concludes no “freedom of speech” for racialists ad nauseum. Which gives the liars of the “anti-racist” left a monopoly.

June 12, 1974: Death certificate of Walter Gable, signed by his son.

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