THE parliamentary divisions over military action in Syria also seem to be reflected in public opinion, with Wiganers expressing a range of opinions over whether UK planes should carry out bombing missions.
A poll on Wigan Today’s Twitter feed found a narrow majority in favour of air strikes, with 56 per cent of those responding for military action and 44 per cent against.
Residents also took to Wigan Today’s Facebook page to both support the idea of bombing ISIL targets and express concerns about it.
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy’s statement she was against the air strikes proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron attracted both support and criticism.
Dawn Tricia Owen wrote: “We don’t want to go down the Iraq farce again. Air strikes are not biased, they hit civilians too. They are trying to live in an abhorrent regime and I don’t think they want our intervention if they risk getting killed off the ‘good guys’.”
Gaz Parkinson said: “The bombing of Syria is not the answer. The taking out of ISIL is the answer. Dropping bombs from the sky is not targetting ISIL and those that matter, it is putting the lives of innocents at risk, which in turn gives people a cause to hate the West and be recruited by ISIL in the future.
“We need close-proximity specialist attacks, carried out by Commandos and Marines. It was these close-combat actions that saw the death of Bin Laden- not the bombs. We need to attack on a different level than we have in the past with Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Nobody wants to put the lives of our soldiers at risk, but we do need to take out ISIL once and for all, and bombs are not the answer.”
David Adams said: “The only folk who want this sell weapons.”
However, support for her position was not universal with some saying bombing should take place.
Tony Miller wrote: “Do nothing and sit back then let them multiply then attack us again and again.”
Kevin King said: “Hope she has taken a poll of her constituents who voted for her to gauge their feelings.”