Robert Fisk: Time the poppy's wilted petals of hypocrisy were thrown away
The wife of Earl Haig, butcher Haig of the Somme, gave her name to the original poppy
ON the briefest of visits to London, I was appalled to notice that television presenters and politicians and dignitaries have almost all resorted to stereotype by wearing those bloody poppies again – even though I suspect most of them would not know the difference between the Dardanelles and the Somme.
How come this obscene 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? Even Tony Blair dares to wear a poppy – he who lied us into a war, which killed more people than the Battle of Mons.