Monday, 1 June 2009

Searchlight and Airey Neave MP

Airey Neave DSO OBE MC MP
By Tony Shell

It is very apparent that the political philosophy of far-left groups such as Searchlight is that anyone who opposes Marxist internationalism is a ‘fascist’. It’s therefore not surprising to find that those that oppose Marxism are subject to the most vicious of smears – especially dead people who can’t respond to such attacks. And, it would appear, especially British war heroes, who seem to especially enrage the sensibilities of the likes of Searchlight. Clearly the Searchlight organisation feels safe in indulging in this particular tactic.

One such example is the attacks made against the good name and reputation of the late Airey Neave MP.

A brief biography of this courageous and patriotic Briton is (I feel) required.

On the 26th May 1940, during the fighting withdrawal of the BEF to Dunkirk, a badly wounded Lieutenant Airey Neave was taken prisoner by the Germans. After nineteen grim months of imprisonment Lieutenant Neave became the first British POW to escape from the notorious Colditz Castle. On his eventual return to England Airey Neave made good use of his experiences and became involved with setting up escape lines within Europe for allied POWs.

He also saw active service during the liberation of France in the summer of 1944. In August 1945 Airey Neave (now with the rank of Major) was appointed to the British War Crimes Executive, and was to serve the indictments against the leading Nazi defendants at the Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal. He was subsequently appointed Chief Commissioner to the Tribunal. Following the war he became involved in politics and was elected Member of Parliament for Abingdon in 1953.

On the 30th March 1979 Airey Neave MP was assassinated by the Marxist republican group, the Irish National Liberation Army as he drove up the ramp from the House of Commons car park.
The Provisional I.R.A. initially claimed responsibility (yet another debunking of the honest Provo myth), but it soon emerged that the communist republican group, the Irish National Liberation Army, had the more plausible claim. Its “director of intelligence”, Ronnie Bunting, was credited with ordering the murder. He claimed to have had inside information from the House of Commons allowing the bombers to infiltrate the car park, but it is just as likely that the device was planted, with a time delay, outside Neave’s home, where security was slack.
In January 1991 the Searchlight organisation published an article entitled ‘Gladio’. This consisted essentially of eight pages of conspiracy-theory drivel – based predominantly on the unsubstantiated allegations from an unnamed ‘source’ – of a plot for a Europe-wide fascist coup. This bizarre rubbish managed to incorporate into its allegations the participation of the CIA, members of the Conservative party, members of the Italian Masonic Brotherhood, the British Secret Intelligence Service, NATO and the Special Air Services (SAS) Regiment of the British Army.

However the especially nauseous part of this contrived garbage were the attempts by Searchlight to link Airey Neave DSO, OBE, MC, as a “key player” in this supposed conspiracy to support and promote acts of terror and “violent neo-Nazis”.

It is in respect of the above that it is worth reflecting on the eagerness with which the UK mass media choose to use the Searchlight organisation as their source of ‘intelligence’. I feel this provides an especially interesting insight into the current state of reporting within the UK media industry.


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