Sunday Telegraph – 3 October 1999

CND Chairman Dave Knight claims that his organisation "never allowed" its pro-Soviet members to persuade it to be "less critical of Soviet nuclear weapons than those of the US", during the Cold War (letter, September 26). Let me remind him of what CND leaders said in those critical times:

Indeed, former CND Chairman Marjorie Thompson – a genuinely impartial nuclear disarmer – has just revealed (Daily Telegraph, September 25) that "she was driven close to a nervous breakdown by efforts of communists in the organisation to undermine her". She describes Bruce Kent as "incredibly naive" in his attitude towards CND's pro-Soviet activists.

This is over-generous, considering his attack on Ronald Reagan as "incredibly dangerous" (Morning Star, November 8, 1980); his comparison of the US communications station at Menwith Hill with "an SS concentration camp" (Yorkshire Post, July 5, 1982); and his claim – in Moscow – that American missiles were turning Britain into "a range of the Pentagon" (Tass, October 26, 1982).

The following year, Monsignor Kent attended the 38th Congress of the British Communist Party and from the podium (on Armistice Sunday) described the Communists and the Morning Star as CND's "partners in the cause for peace in this world" (Morning Star, November 14, 1983).

It was not necessary, therefore, for Stasi agent Professor Vic Allen to have "swung the peace movement behind the Soviets". That is where CND had been marching all along.

Cadnam, Hampshire

[NOTE: Two of the sample quotations were omitted by the Sunday Telegraph when this letter was edited for publication. They are those enclosed in the text above by square brackets. For references to CND Council member, Professor Vic Allen, as an agent of the East German secret police, use the search engine on this website.]