In the aftermath of Peach’s killing, the next issue of Socialist Worker focussed on his death. Friends describe hundreds if not thousands of copies of the issue being sold, especially in Southall. In a sense it is not surprising that the SWP took the killing seriously; Blair Peach was a member of that party.
What is striking is that the SWP were not alone in seeing Peach’s death as a blow struck against the whole left.
The above is the front page of a special issue produced by Socialist Challenge, the paper of the International Marxist Group. Other pages included an obituary for Peach, written by Bernard Regan of the IMG and the Socialist Teachers Alliance (“above all else, Blair was an Internationalist”), as well as a detailed chronology of the events of 23 April, accounts of other anti-fascist protests taking place at the same time (including in Leicester, on the weekend of Peach’s death), articles describing the electoral campaign then being waged by Socialist Unity in the Southall constituency, descriptions of how Labour had relied on the police in an increasingly authoritarian fashion, and articles setting out how policing might be organised differently in a future socialist society.