The Editor says: this week's comment from Stroud Life editor Jason Chare: Jaine Rose frm Stroud is no k-nitwit, her seven-mile anti-nuclear scarf is reigniting Trident missile debate
PROTEST comes in many forms – and it seems the latest Stroud initiative is pink, scarf-shaped and seven miles long.
It's a crazy vision from artist and activist Jaine Rose but it's certainly an eye-catching idea.
And, with anti-nuclear protests fading from the headlines since CND's glory days at Greenham Common in the early 80s, she's hit on a thought-provoking plan to get people thinking and talking about the nuclear question again.
With the Government to decide whether to spend £80billion on renewing the Trident missile programme in 2016 it's the right time to resurrect the debate.
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And Stroudies are always keen to make their views known.
Indeed, this Friday is the 10th anniversary of the day around 500 of the town's residents joined the million-strong crowd who marched in London in a vain effort to stop the war in Iraq.
A decade has proved the fears of many of those protestors to be correct.
David Drew, Stroud's MP at the time, voted against Tony Blair's Labour government fearing a descent into chaos in Iraq and questioning the lack of evidence of weapons of mass destruction.
"We went to war on a lie. But I don't feel vindicated," he said this week. "I just wish that they would sometimes listen to the people."
On the issue of Iraq, the protesters were right. The issues Jaine is pushing may be more complex but we applaud her effort to make us think and debate our own defence and its cost.