CND held its inaugural public meeting at Central Hall, Westminster, on 17 February 1958. Five thousand people attended and afterwards a few hundred marched to Downing Street From the outset people from all sections of society got involved. There were scientists, more aware than anyone else of the full extent of the dangers which nuclear weapons represented, along with religious leaders , concerned to resist the moral evil which nuclear weapons represented. The Society of Friends (Quakers) was very supportive, as well as a wide range of academics, journalists, writers, actors and musicians. Trade unionists were overwhelmingly sympathetic as were people who had been involved in earlier anti-bomb campaigns organised by the British Peace Committee. The first Aldermaston march, took place at easter in 1958, CND’s logo and its slogan "Ban the Bomb" became icons and part of the youth culture of the sixties.
60 years after the end of WW2 Britain remains the only occupied country in Europe, an off shore base,storing american WMD.
The United States possesses 8,000 active and operational nuclear warheads. Two thousand are on hair trigger alert, ready to be launched with 15 minutes warning. It is developing new systems of nuclear force, known as bunker busters. Who, I wonder, are they aiming at? You? Me? China? Paris? Who knows? What we do know is that this infantile insanity – the possession and threatened use of nuclear weapons remains an unacceptable political philosophy.