We’ve rounded up a number of articles and media concerning poppies. First take a look at the most recent controversy in relation to the ‘poppy hijab’
These experiences were real, this war was real, and it means absolutely nothing to reduce it all to vague feelings of universal grief.
- Poppy Hijab – Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures by Dilly Hussain
The same muscular liberals, who perceive the hijab and other Islamic attire for women as oppressive and backward are now promoting it on social media.
- Why I won’t be wearing the ‘Poppy Hijab’ by Sofia Ahmed
Refusing to wear the poppy is not an ‘extremist Muslim’ stance, It’s an ideological position based on anti-war sentiment. Nobody would accuse a white person of extremism for refusing to wear one.
- Growth, Poppies, Corpses and Serendipity by Craig Murray
There are unlimited funds for attacking and occupying Johnny Foreigner, but money spent on co-operation with other nations is an absurd waste. A view to be reinforced by increasing racist rhetoric about being “swamped” by the Eastern Europeans who are now adding so much to our economy and our culture.
“For people from the North of Ireland such as myself, and specifically those in Derry, scene of the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre, the poppy has come to mean something very different,” McClean wrote.
- This year, I will wear a poppy for the last time by Harry Leslie Smith
I will remember friends and comrades in private next year, as the solemnity of remembrance has been twisted into a justification for conflict
- The way we remember war is political and always has been by Joe Glenton
The real legacy of veterans of the Second World War, and its current destruction, will of course remain unspeakable. The men and women who did the work of fighting fascism to some extent brought home their fight against reaction and unchecked power.
- Why I Choose Not to Wear a Poppy by Assed Baig
It feels as though everyone that appears on TV has to wear a poppy. Asians, Muslims and black people wear extra big ones just to show their additional loyalty to, what has become, a nationalistic and a patriotic symbol.
- Hardly any Muslims wear Poppies… and with Good Reason by Roshan Muhammed Salih
The sight of people wearing the red poppy in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday is extremely common in the UK and on mainstream TV channels poopy-wearing almost seems to be compulsory. But go to any Muslim area of Britain or observe any Muslim on the street or workplace and hardly any of them will be wearing one.
- Ashura and Misappropriated Poppy by Arzu Merali
However, the main story was simply thus. Young men, mainly working class, in their hundreds of thousands were sent to slaughter for no reason except the glory of the elites that ruled them without a care.
- I Refuse to Buy a Poppy by Robin Qunfuz
There’s nothing heroic about murder. There’s nothing heroic about signing away your personal responsibility to the state, to following orders when they involve attacking people who have never attacked Britain, who speak languages that you don’t speak and have a culture which you don’t understand.
- As we move towards the Great War’s centenary, it’s time to recognise the reality of its horror by Robert Fisk
The war’s ultimate tragedy, of course, is that it led – quite directly – to the even more terrible Second World War. In other words, the 1914-1918 war was to no purpose.
In this war of words that Michael Gove started, the humble soldier is again elevated, but not enough to be asked his opinion