On the march again

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KATHARINE HAMNETT, 57, fashion designer. She campaigned for the Stop the War coalition before the campaign and designed the "Not In My Name" T-shirts. She will not be marching today. "It was a moving experience but I knew at the time it wouldn't help. Millions took to the streets and it was a waste of time.My message to those marching today is this: go home. Write letters to your MP saying you will withdraw your vote. Boycott Labour's corporate donors - and write to them to tell them why. "

RICHARD MADDRELL, 39, a website consultant from Ross-on-Wye, went to the February 2003 demonstration with his then 13-year-old daughter. They plan to return to London today. "We were angry at the lies being sold to the public in the name of 'evidence' and felt there were unexplored alternatives. We felt there was a possibility they couldn't go ahead with the invasion if enough people protested. So we had to go," he said. "And for what was about to happen, if it was to happen, it wasn't to be done in my name. We wanted Iraqis to know that."

GUY BUTLER, a 48-year-old chartered accountant from Leatherhead, took his two daughters to the February 2003 march. He won't be marching today because of prior engagements. "I am proud that we went on the march because it was the right thing to do. But I felt very powerless after the event, realising that we had been ignored."

CAROL NAUGHTON, 52, was head of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in 2003. She will be preparing a stall at the Labour Party conference tomorrow. "It has been argued that we had no effect because the war went ahead. But we did make a difference: they knew we were watching them all the way, and so toned down much of the 'shock and awe'. I think we could have campaigned better, placing more pressure on individual MPs. So many have since said to me: 'If I had known then what I know now, I would not have voted for the war.'"

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