I read an article today about a leaked Government document regarding the nuclear bunkers being built to house the government, wealthy and general Hoi Polloi of the day. 50 years ago in 1963 during the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament (CND) annual 4 day marches for peace, marches that had started in 1958 and continued until 1963 from Aldermaston to London, On the last march to take place in March 1963 a bombshell was unleashed on the public, a pamphlet was released to the press, politicians and protesters alike, the pamphlet’s opening lines read as follows:
“DANGER! OFFICIAL SECRET” said:“This document is about a small group of people who have accepted thermonuclear war as a probability and are consciously and carefully planning for it.”
It then went on to reveal the secret location of one of the Governments bunkers, one of 14 built during the cold war, bunkers that would be used for the elite of the country to decide the best way forward for the remains of the Country and the people unfortunate enough to be caught in the blast but survive. The group responsible for obtaining and publishing the document were known as Spies For Peace and one of the members, the only one to be named after his death, was renowned Anarchist Nicolas Walter, this was only made public after Nicolas’ daughter Natasha, also a Human Rights activist, made the connection with the document and her fathers involvement with the group.
Just before the march the group broke into Regional Seat of Government No. 6 (RSG-6), copied documents relating to the Government’s plans in the event of nuclear war, and subsequently distributed 3,000 leaflets revealing their contents. The impact was enormous. Although not everyone associated with CND at the time saw this as a positive move as this quote from the founder of CND, Canon Collins, said anarchist groups had “muscled in” on the march. He went on to add: “It is stupid and thoroughly to be regretted… They have distracted attention from the real purpose of the demonstration and done great harm to the cause they claim to be standing for.”, I must disagree with that comment, without the bravery of these relatively unknown heroes, let’s face it, at that time what they did could have resulted in very large jail sentences had they been caught, the public would have gone about their business none the wiser and the threat of nuclear war was just as great then as it is now. Such was the fear of identification and capture the group reportedly went to extraordinary lengths to keep their identities a secret. They wore gloves so the pamphlets wouldn’t have their finger prints on them, and threw their typewriter into a river. Nicolas’ daughter later revealed: “There was a lovely cloak-and-dagger feel about it. It was only when I was older that I realised the risk they had run of very long prison sentences,”
After reading the article I just had to put my thoughts down as I was unaware of this event happening, obviously the authorities were embarrassed about their secret hidey-holes being found but also back then the Government were not bound by legislation as much as they are today to divulge information to the public, thank goodness for the freedom of information act.
Without men like Nicolas and the Spies for Peace, the powers that be would be able to do what the hell they wanted, this is why we need to question ALL our elected members if we feel they have something to hide, and not just take the answers given, harass these people at every turn, don’t let them rest, this is the job they want to do, control others, and just like Nicolas, I won’t be controlled, well not without a fight anyway, No Masters, No Gods No Leaders.
“Till the next time…..
Anarchy, Peace, Freedom, Equality.