There have already been protests in Stroud, organised by Stroud Against the Cuts, and attempting to persuade Tory MP Neil Carmichael to vote against violence. We gather that he voted in support of the Syria motion, despite strong local feeling against war.
Philip Booth, Stroud District councillor (Green) said: "I've joined this demo by Stroud Against the Cuts because I am appalled that our Government is considering military action. Yes we must condemn the deplorable chemical attacks on civilians, but the case for military action against Syria has not been established. There is no evidence that military action will reduce suffering - indeed even a short, sharp attack risks escalation - possibly of more chemical weapon use. Have we not learnt from our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan?"
War is expensive. We cannot afford to meet our own welfare needs, the government claims, and yet we can afford the colossal expense of entering a conflict? If we go to war, we condemn people to death. We condemn people to life-destroying injury, to terror and trauma. What Syria needs is peace. We need to keep up the pressure on the British government to seek solutions at an international level and maintain world peace rather than risking this conflict growing out of all control. Syria can only be helped with international co-operation, and we ask the British government to be part of that solution.