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Does an LGBTQ+ poppy politicise remembrance?

Over the last few weeks the Internet has seen a social media storm over a photo of a glittery rainbow poppy badge, seen for sale online as an LGBTQ+ remembrance poppy. Before I begin discussing the inherent homophobia in this, it is worth mentioning that this was not an official remembrance product, nor was it […]

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One hundred years on, do we remember World War One?

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.” The immortal words of Laurence Binyon’s ‘For the Fallen’ will be repeated up and down the country once more […]

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The symbol of the poppies should not be politicised

This year marks the centenary of Armistice Day, when what was then the bloodiest war in human history drew to a close at 11 o’clock on 11 November. The Great War, as it was morbidly known, cost the lives of millions, led to the collapse of various empires and fundamentally reshaped Europe. Many of the […]

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The FA defy Fifa’s ruling on poppies as a political symbol

Fifa has recently denied a request to make an exception to the ban on political messages in the sport, which would allow English and Scottish players to wear armbands featuring poppies for their upcoming match at Wembley. In an act of defiance, the Football Association’s Greg Clarke stated that players in the November 11 game […]

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Red poppies honour those who fought for our freedoms

It was 1945 and the poisonous heart of fascism was unravelling. My grandfather was a member of the regiment tasked with liberating the despairing prisoners at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. As the exhausted men approached the iron gates, guarding the prison from the antidote of tolerance, piles of rotting bodies greeted them. The air was stifled […]