Maybe a controversial post but this time of year brings the usual crop of poppy outrage stories.
Whether it’s seeing people being castigated for not wearing one 24×7 or the mixing of politics with the Poppy Appeal or even the moral outrage of seeing a young lad in a drunken haze urinating on a a wreath laid on a Cenotaph.
A quick opinion…
The Poppy is a symbol of remembrance and it is a person’s own decision to wear one or not. If they choose to great, if they decide not to, so what. I am a great supporter of the RBL and other Service non profits but that is my choice and I don’t think bad of anyone who doesn’t get involved or prefers to give to a poverty or cancer charity.
We should all encourage people to wear one but each to their own.
On the young lad getting bladdered and let be honest, pissing on a memorial. OK, he has done wrong and deserves to be punished but a prison stretch, come on. How many young toms have stood in a bar in Germany and put their finger on their top lip and put their arms up, more than people would like to admit. We all do stupid things when drunk and this is a young man who deserves the benefit of the doubt. A suitable punishment should be constructive like working for a service charity, perhaps collecting for the RBL for the next five years but prison is going to do no one any good.
The defacement of the RBL posters is for me, a mixing of the act of remembrance and politics and should not have happened.
Finally, if a person wants to wear a poppy at work no amount of worrying about other charities or upsetting people should matter. This is a once a year event and is a special case and in fact I would like to see this enshrined in law.