Committee of 100

The Blake Escape: Michael Randle Interview

Randle (left) and Pottle outside Wormwood Scrubs Prison in February 1989.

Black Flag interviews Mike Randle, one of the activists who freed George Blake from Wormwood Scrubs in 1966. (Interview from 1989)

Beyond Counting Arses

Influential document produced by eight members of the London Committee of 100 in 1963, opposing bureaucracy and promoting direct action.

The ideas expressed would feed into the work done by Spies For Peace in exposing "Regional Seats of Government" - secret bunkers for the rich and powerful in the event of nuclear war.

According to Maurice Brinton, its authors were "radicals, mainly from or close to Solidarity".

Direct Action (SWF): Vol 5, #01 (31, January 1964)

Volume 5, Issue 1 of Direct Action, with articles on Committee of 100 members being imprisoned, a strike by construction workers at St. Paul's Cathedral, direct action against a dam in Italy, the right-wing anti-union Freedom Group, a review of a book about Franco's Spain, a review of an IWMA (now IWA) conference, the JFK assassination, the Lincoln myth, and the civil rights movement, Bolivian miners, housing direct action in Tunbridge Wells, a Goya exhibition, repression in Morocco, medical care in Alberta, industrial news including London bus drivers and more.

Direct Action (SWF): Vol 2, #05 (May 1962)

Volume 2, Issue #5 of Direct Action, with articles on May Day, an advert for a Committee of 100 meeting featuring Alan Sillitoe among others, the rank and file vs the bureaucracy inside the National Union of Seamen, industrial news and Irish electricians striking against a "time and motion"-style work study scheme.

Direct Action (SWF): Vol 2, #03 (March 1962)

Volume 2, Issue 3 of Direct Action, with articles on calls for a general strike against a wage freeze, Guyana's supposedly anticolonial rulers calling on British imperial support, apprenticeships, a review of a Solidarity pamphet, police attacks on a demonstration against the far-right OAS in France, and a Committee of 100 court case.

Anarchy #050

Issue of Anarchy magazine published in April 1965.