The Murder of Blair Peach

I was 19 yrs old when Blair Peach was murdered 38 years ago today.

“The anti-fascist protester Blair Peach was almost certainly killed by police at a demonstration in 1979, according to a secret report released today.”

“Documents published on the Metropolitan police’s website shed new light on the death of Peach, a 33-year-old teacher from New Zealand, whose death marked one of the most controversial events in modern ( British) policing history.”

“A campaigner against the far right, Peach died from a blow to the head during a demonstration against the National Front in Southall, west London.” Full report embedded below;

Blair Peach killed by police at 1979 protest, Met report finds 2010

I started getting involved in anti-apartheid demonstrations in 1980/81 but was out of the country when the most intense resistance took place culminating in my close friend Marx Jones “Flour Bombing Eden Park”

Aotearoa New Zealand has an extremely chequered racial history but one of the great ‘Take outs’ of our highly successful anti-apartheid struggle is that we were forced to confront the endemic racism  we had in Aotearoa N.Z.
Linton Kwesi Johnson’s tribute to Blair is embedded below;
Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae fi Peach (Tribute to Mr. Blair Peach) – LIVE in Paris

Had he not been murdered I don’t doubt that Blair would have been a driving force in our anti-apartheid struggle.
1981 Tour Badge Photo Credit Naani Abercrombie
Gone but Never forgotten Blair.11059571_10153955077198219_2281154753968772044_o

This Play was written by my dear departed friend Dean Parker

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour. Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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7 comments on “The Murder of Blair Peach
  1. .Michael dymond says:

    Your apt and timely post it being Easter Wherein the best-known protester of all time Was put to death on the Gallows End of story

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    Check out the article below and the Vimeo video. The Brits are no better than the murderous, racist police in the USA.

    This documentary is very relevant to Blair’s sacrifice and anti-racism;


  3. Kevin Hester says:

    Everywhere you go its the talk of the day
    Everywhere you go you hear people say
    That the Special Patrol them are murderers (murderers)
    We can’t make them get no furtherer
    The SPG them are murderers (murderers)
    We can’t make them get no furtherer
    Cos they killed Blair Peach the teacher
    Them killed Blair Peach, the dirty bleeders

    Blair Peach was an ordinary man
    Blair Peach he took a simple stand
    Against the fascists and their wicked plans
    So them beat him till him life was done

    Everywhere you go its the talk of the day
    Everywhere you go you hear people say
    That the Special Patrol them are murderers (murderers)
    We can’t make them get no furtherer
    The SPG them are murderers (murderers)
    We can’t make them get no furtherer
    Cos they killed Blair Peach the teacher
    Them killed Blair Peach, the dirty bleeders

    Blair Peach was not an English man
    Him come from New Zealand
    Now they kill him and him dead and gone
    But his memory lingers on

    Oh ye people of England
    Great injustices are committed upon this land
    How long will you permit them, to carry on?
    Is England becoming a fascist state?
    The answer lies at your own gate
    And in the answer lies your fate

    R.I.P. Blair, gone but never forgotten.


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Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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