Thursday 23 November 2017

Robert Fisk: Time the poppy's wilted petals of hypocrisy were thrown away

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A poppy is left on a memorial in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war grave cemetery in the world near Ypres, Belguim
Soldiers in World War I

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.

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