Lest we forget who they honour
THE image of the Lord Mayor of Cork and others wearing poppies at commemoration ceremonies over the weekend is deplorable and shows once again their lack of understanding for what the November poppy symbolises.
The poppy was originally the symbol of the bloody fields of Flanders and the men, some of them incredibly brave and altruistic, who died there in what was nothing other than a war for imperial expansion. But for so long the Poppy has to come to symbolise much more than honouring men who fell at Flanders. Today it is used to remember and glorify all British wars subsequent to "the Great War".
It is also used to reinforce the worst aspects of British identity and promote a British consciousness by the use of the poppy symbol and associated pageantry --and it is done in a very coercive way.