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Times Poll - what YOU think

PUBLISHED: 12:41 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:20 25 August 2010

Michael Kane

Michael Kane

Violet Morfill, 94, from Sidcup said she wasn t sure whether our troops should pull out. She said: It makes you think. The trouble is that I don t know everything that is going on in Afghanistan. The war is to keep the peace over there because they

Ed Walwyn

Violet Morfill, 94, from Sidcup said she wasn't sure whether our troops should pull out.

She said: "It makes you think. The trouble is that I don't know everything that is going on in Afghanistan.

"The war is to keep the peace over there because they have had a hard time."

Diane Arthur

Tom Sawyer, 20, from St Paul's Cray wants our troops home. He said: "It is pointless. We should leave the Americans to sort out their own problems. We seem to be losing more soldiers than the Americans."

Student Rhean Williams, 18, from Plumstead, said our money should be used to improve things back at home. He said: "We shouldn't be there. We can use the money on public services and to improve things here. The war makes taxes higher."

Rhean Williams

Mother-of-six Diane Arthur, 69, from Sidcup, said we should be in a dialogue with the Taliban. She said: "The Russians couldn't beat the Taliban. They don't care who they kill. They are terrible fighters. I just don't know what the solution is - to turn and talk to them? The Taliban can disappear into the hills and then come back with a vengeance. They even shot a policeman. We should be trying to engage them."

Self-employed Ed Walwyn, 40, from Sidcup, thinks our troops should stay. He said: "They should be there because of the details of the engagement. Al-Qaeda has links to our security. I have a cousin in the army and wouldn't want him to be somewhere he shouldn't be. I am positive they are doing the right thing. Maybe the public should be more informed."

Tom Sawyer

Landscape gardener Michael Kane, 44, from Bexley, said: "They are there to stop terrorists from coming to this country. They probably need more support. They have done a good job so far.

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