CAN somebody explain to me how going on hunger strike will help the global warming campaign (Gazette, October 3, 'Woman pledges hunger strike').

It is safe to assume that starving to death is not the ultimate intention, so when they give up on the hunger strike, as they will and do (witness the most recent example of a woman imprisoned in Iran), the protest becomes pointless and, what is worse, has no effect on whatever cause they are supporting.

Peter Holme