[Image: Another Angry Voice.]

[Image: Another Angry Voice.]


This is from Another Angry Voice, and seems highly appropriate in the current unpleasant political atmosphere.

I’ve written before about the debasement of the poppy symbol and how the actual meaning of remembrance is gradually being subsumed under a tide of pageantry, intolerance, false-patriotism, political opportunism and empty symbolism.

The debasement of remembrance started to become obvious when “poppy fascism” began to rear its ugly head. The idea of tabloid newspapers (some of which lauded Hitler and promoted the rise of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s) hurling abuse at TV presenters or football players for the “crime” of not wearing poppies is about as far from the spirit of remembrance as possible. We don’t remember the fallen victims of war because we are compelled to under threat of character assassination in the right-wing press. We remember the fallen because we choose to.

The enforced conformity of “poppy fascism” has been appalling enough to witness, but in recent years politicians, extreme-right fanatics and tabloid hacks alike have repeatedly demonstrated that the poppy symbol has been reduced to empty political iconography.

Source: Is Britain forgetting the meaning of the poppy symbol?

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