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Poppy mania
I have several friends, some Quaker, some not, who refuse to wear a poppy because of the way it has been hijacked by the right wing. I still buy and wear one, along with a white poppy. As someone said at a recent Quaker meeting I attended: "I wear the red poppy to remember the servicemen and women who died in past wars, and I wear the white poppy to remember the civilians who also died. The red poppy is for remembrance, the white poppy is for peace and the hope of future peace."

I therefore felt that this person's campaign really chimed with me. "Poppy Watch tries to gently remind people that each of these poppies stands for someone who died alone, terrified, in agony, far from home, often for no good reason," he says. "It used to be a case of sticking a few pence into a tin for a paper poppy which you stuck in your lapel, and then you had to nurse it through the week as it got all tattered, grubby and dog-eared. It was fragile, and everyone's was the same - maybe that was the point."

But now, from art installations like last years "Weeping Window" to knitted minion-style poppy hats on bollards, even leaving out the right wing associations, the original message seems to have been lost by everyone jumping on the poppy bandwagon.

Here's a link here to the BBC article that drew my attention to the Twitter feed.

Here's the Twitter feed.
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lab_jazz From: lab_jazz Date: November 12th, 2017 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never noticed any indication that the wearing of poppies has been hijacked by the right wing, so I'm assuming that it's mainly happening in Europe.

Yeah I agree, specially after looking at the twitter feed link that you posted, that the whole thing is now lacking it's original meaning, the way that everybody is jumping on the bandwagon.
(says Lyn as she chooses her poppy icon)
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: November 12th, 2017 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it's specifically Britain and even more specifically England where the right wing louts have been hijacking the poppy for their own ends. That's been happening for a while, but the commercial companies jumping on the bandwagon to enhance their brand is very recent and needs nipping in the bud.
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