Although the name 'Unite Against Fascism' is a sentiment and worthy cause we can hardly disagree with, the organisation's tactics, ideology and composition bears some investigation. The UAF has been at the forefront of the anti-fascist movement in Britain for quite some time now and can claim an illustrious heritage going back through the Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League and further to that decisive event in English radical history: The Battle of Cable Street.
But what of Unite Against Fascism today? The UAF draws most of its ranks from middle class students, ethnic minorities and 'professional protesters'. Although that is not to say it doesn't have working class supporters and members too. The UAF plays its part as a 'broad church' anti-fascist movement, from centre-left liberalism through to far-left positions and minority interest groups. This is all overseen by UAF's parent organisation, the Socialist Workers Party: a name so discredited it does best to hide behind a front organisation. Of course, the SWP tries to direct this movement (the size of which it could not amass based on its own platform) with its own brand of bourgeois academic Marxism and (rather authoritarian) Trotskyism. This leads to a sort of ultra-PC, ultra-Liberalism tied to other issues like Palestinian liberation and determined to quash any thought apposed to its own orthodoxy. The no-platform policy, unfortunately, plays into the hands of the fascists they are trying to oppose by allowing them to become free-speech martyrs. The Right can then appear to be bearers of a suppressed 'truth', just by the very fact it is suppressed... whilst the UAF lends its uncritical support to any fashionable cause or dubious Islamic regime.
There is no untrue or wrong idea that cannot be defeated by argument. Unfortunately, UAF are not so confident of themselves. The end result is, like the EDL, the militant upholding the status-quo.