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In search of Nick Lowles

21st March 2011

Civil Liberty correspondent

 
1993 Harrods bombing - Lowles close to its Red Action perpetrators
1993 Harrods bombing - Lowles close to its Red Action perpetrators
 
Recently, Nick Lowles, the well-travelled editor of the far-left Searchlight magazine, highlighted on his blog speculation concerning his real identity following comments on a pro-BNP blog based in London.

Lowles updates his blog with the help of a Searchlight campaigner, David Braniff-Herbert, who lives in Hanley in Stoke-on Trent, though he claims to be originally from London, just like Lowles. Despite living in Stoke, Braniff-Herbert recently described the adjacent town of Newcastle-under-Lyme as Newcastle upon Lyme on Lowles' blog much to everyone's amusement on the Searchlight/Hope not Hate facebook page!

Lowles himself is very circumspect about his origins and very keen to spread disinformation. According to the pro-BNP blog, Lowles originates from the island of Mauritius situated off the southeast coast of Africa and once a British colony which was granted independence in 1968. The population of Mauritius is mixed race (predominantly Indian, African and European) and majority Hindu in religion with a sizeable resident Christian and Muslim minority as well. Despite his obvious mixed ethnicity, judging by his recent public appearances, Lowles quickly rubbished such assertions and no evidence was supplied by the blog to back up the statement, though it has been claimed his mother is originally from Mauritius and of French-Creole origins.

According to independent researcher Alexander Baron, Lowles has used false names in the past, such as Peter Brighton and Laurence King. According to another researcher, the anarchist Larry O'Hara, Lowles was recruited from the Union of Jewish Students by Searchlight and, at one time, Lowles/King was very keen to spread that particular rumour.

In his booklet 'Searchlight for Beginners', written in 1996, O'Hara talks about Searchlight's penchant for using false names (and sometimes the same name is used by various people within Searchlight just to confuse matters) mentioning a Trotskyist activist by the name of Rob Lowell who "is very shy indeed" (Lowles himself was very camera-shy until recently). Rob Lowell/Lowles was seemingly involved in the Socialist Organiser group, a splinter group from the trotskyite communist Workers' Revolutionary Party, which was led by the recidivist sex pest and rapist Gerry Healy, that decided to infiltrate the Labour party in the eighties and nineties.

O'Hara also highlights Nick Lowles first article in a mainstream newspaper, the Observer, in June 1996 and notes the name is a "suspected pseudonym". By 1999, Lowles was actually writing for the Searchlight magazine and has written a number of books on football hooliganism, Combat 18 and the 'neo nazi' nailbomber David Copeland.

So, Lowles may be Jewish and have a background in far-left politics, apparently, though the Jewish aspect may be disinformation on the part of Searchlight, despite the historical links of Searchlight to Organised Jewry and Zionist-inspired thuggery.

In the early 1990s, Lowles was also active in "anti-fascist" circles in the Yorkshire area of England. He may also have used the surname Knowles and was very close to members of the violent anarchist group, Anti-Fascist Action, in Leeds. After a factional squabble between Searchlight and Red Action (a Socialist Workers' Party splinter group whose members later went on to plant bombs for the IRA in London) Lowles/Knowles was exposed as a Searchlight nark and left the area.

Lowles now prefers the company of Labour MPs Jon Cruddas and David Miliband to anarchists and trotskyites, though appearances can be deceptive as Nick Lowles would be the first to confirm.

The following link here should be taken with a large clove of garlic.

 

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