The interchange of comments also addressed the matter of Wilson having reportedly resisted pressure from the Americans to get Britain more involved; "anubis" did not endorse recent attempts at rehabilitating him in this respect. (The argument that things, or politicians, could be worse has never convinced such activists that people should put up with them as they are.)
(as accessed some time ago)
File DPP 2/4306 WALTER, [Nicolas] & others: affray during a demonstration in Dorset Garden[s] Methodist Church, Brighton against Harold WILSON MP and George BROWN MP. Prosecuted by Brighton Police following advice by DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] 1966-1967.
File Contents: Index, lists, 19 statements totalling 48pp., plus 3 ‘documents’ which are -
- Cutting from Daily Mail 28-9-66 p.4: Charles Greville article on Sue Abrahams (Secretary of the C100 at the time) and the Vietnam Action Group: predicts Wilson may be next target for a demo/action; mentions 'London Committee of 100 HQ', in a ('crumbling') house in Finsbury Park; Greville notes that there are definite signs of the phone being tapped, Sue is not just being paranoid - too many wrong numbers, crackles, 'heavy breathing from people who won't say who they are'.
- Vietnam Action Bulletin No.2 signed by Jim Radford: says he put ad in Peace News and Freedom asking for volunteers; who were carefully vetted - had to be known, vouched for etc., and reliable; secrecy paramount. Refers to recent action at West End theatres, played down by managements. Wants dramatic happenings, out for publicity (but not sabotage); to embarrass and impede, persuade servicemen, Civil servants to refuse war-related work. No purists, need to focus on issue; no theorists unless ready to act.
- 3-10-66 Daily Telegraph, 3 photos [apparently of Megan W.].
21-10-66 Choir member: 'arty' type said to have been ‘talking in a strong voice’ [underlined]; heard word 'Hypocrite'; general confusion. Caretaker: one called out after George Brown reading, hustled out of gallery, then immediate outburst when Wilson began: [AA] trying to read from a paper; heard 'Vietnam' and 'Hypocrite'; [Jim R] standing, struggled. Persons escorted out. 15 mins disturbance. 500 present, "many upset and distressed by this riotous conduct"; general uproar.
9-10 Member of choir: "It struck me that the main theme was 'Vietnam'."
8-10 ... as far as could ascertain, only damage 1 broken glass tumbler, but (allegedly) people upset; also ‘violent’ & ‘unseemly’; women crying, fainting; 95-year-old, elderly, children frightened.
Verdict: Guilty of joint offences; no evidence offered re individual ones. Nicolas W and Jim R got 2 months, other 6 fined £5. All said they were going to appeal, and to ask meaning of 'indecent' [behaviour in church] in the charge; 'riotous' and 'violent' had been deleted from the charge after the defence argued they were ‘wrong in law’.
|A brief report appeared in Solidarity vol.4, no.4, November 1966, p.4|
|The Solidarity group published a 36-page pamphlet on Vietnam in December 1973|
Jim Radford has spoken about the occasion in an interview, and claimed authorship of the pamphlet about it,, published by the Committee of 100:
Sue A as Secretary of the Committee of 100 had organised and participated a London-Paris walk against French nuclear tests in the Pacific a couple of months previously.
Andy Anderson was the author of the classic 48-page Solidarity booklet on the Hungarian Revolution of 1966.