Re-thinking the poppy (again)

by Richard on October 31, 2013

This post from Adrian Short a couple of years ago takes the words out of my mouth. Here’s a flavour - please read the whole thing.

We need to get back to the simplicity and egalitarianism of the plain paper poppy. Donate ten pence, £1000 or nothing at all. Wear your poppy or don’t. No more designer confections or spoon rests or bling, just one poppy for everyone that wants to wear it and private, discreet donations. We don’t need the prime minister’s spokesman to inform us that Mr Cameron paid £10 for his poppy, nor a file photo of him performing the deed with his furled note. There’s no need to strap a huge poppy to the front of your car, let alone four of them. Your car remembers very little. If you’re agonising over which poppy product to buy to signify the scale of your income, the refinement of your taste or the depth of your concern you’re doing it wrong. If you want to dance, sing and play football, knock yourself out. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may and save Remembrance for when you’re not having fun. Most of all, let’s stop assuming that anyone not wearing a poppy hates our country and dishonours our dead.

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Bob Gilston 11.03.13 at 9:17 pm

Did read the whole thing and agree with Adrian’s points. I wonder though whether the RBL have the most difficult task of how best to raise funds. The simple paper poppy can still work as long as people are generous in there giving. Sometimes I wear my poppy sometimes I don’t, but it all depends on whether I’m wearing my jacket or not. And I’d be upset if anyone suggested I was being disrespectful.

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