Friday, 8 November 2013
Britain is no country on Remembrance Day for an old foreign correspondent called Robert Fisk
Poppycock – or why remembrance rituals make me see red
The poppy helps us avoid a search for the meaning of war
He referred to the remembrance poppy, used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war and inspired by the First World War poem, 'In Flanders Field' and the fact that the wild flowers grew and the battlefields where so many young British soldiers died in Belgium fighting the Germans in the First World War. Today, small artificial poppies are sold by the Royal British Legion and the money raised used to support British military personnel past and present.
* was, on a brief visit to London, appalled to notice that tv presenters, politicians and dignitaries have resorted to stereotype by wearing 'those bloody poppies again' and questioned how this 'fashion appendage – inspired by a pro-war poem, for God’s sake, which demands yet further human sacrifice – still adorns the jackets and blouses of the Great and the Good?'