Skip to main content


If you don't wear a poppy, you're sent to the social guillotine. Is this what British soldiers died for?

David Cameron has insisted in the past that wearing the poppy is not a “political act”. But surely – when all the profits go to past and present British Legion personnel or their families – that’s a lie
Poppy appeal image
The Poppy Appeal was left red-faced on Monday after Downing Street added a digital poppy to a questionably unblemished photograph of David Cameron on its official Facebook page. The blunder let Twitter users run their imaginations wild. Soon memes were being posted and pig-gate’s sequel was aired: #Poppygate.
But somewhere – wedged between mockery and an embarrassed Prime Minister – a sinister truth emerged. The Poppy Appeal has gone too far. The cultural pressure to wear a poppy is now so great that we are witnessing what Jon Snow described as “poppy fascism”. Wearing a poppy is no longer a free choice; it is a stifling requirement. Failure to don this tricoloured shape on a lapel will result in a tirade of unpleasant Tweets.
This dictatorial notion is most apparent in public life, where notables are subject to the social media guillotine unless they conform.
Last weekend, Irish footballer James McClean maintained his refusal to wear the poppy. In his eyes, wearing the poppy would disrespect the people who died on Bloody Sunday. Indeed, the 2010 Saville Report itself concluded that British paratroopers shot and killed fleeing unarmed civilians.
So, was McClean respected for his well-reasoned opinion? What do you think? A Twitter-storm soon ensued as the player was branded as “scum of the highest order”, “a terrorist sympathiser” and it was recommended that he should be put in a “hole full of rats”. Basically, lovely comments from the ever-understanding British public, all good-hearted people who just want to do something nice for our fallen heroes.
Other than siphoning off likely EDL members, McClean has made a good point. The British Royal Legion organises the Poppy Appeal. David Cameron has insisted in the past that wearing the poppy is not a “political act”. But surely – when all the profits go to past and present British Legion personnel or their families – that’s a lie. The poppy has clear political connotations and should not be bullied upon the shirts of those who disagree with what it represents.
This militant poppy-pinning alarmingly ignores the atrocities committed by British forces. In the same totalitarian vein, we should make every Argentinian residing on British soil wear the poppy. Maybe, if we avoid mentioning the General Belgrano, they won’t notice. After that, a poppy should be placed on the jackets of unassuming Dresden tourists – who cares about some 25,000 people who died there at the hands of the British RAF?
Pacifists are also a gigantic UV light to the swarming flies of poppy enforcers. Most pacifists do mourn those that died in wars; they simply refuse to donate to an appeal that could fund future conflicts. Again the poppy fascists are outraged: what a treacherous attack on our imperialistic traditions! And what if it is? Britain has lost its empire.
The poppy is no longer a delicate flower; its powerful petals have become a parliamentary instrument of fear. The poppy has become as ruinous as its opiates to the citizens of a free democracy. We should always remember the fallen. But those soldiers died for our freedom of expression – and with our culture of inflexible obligation, we are abusing their final wishes.

Please comment below.

Disqus for Ste Matthew Murray


Popular posts from this blog

UK Lord Justice wanted age of consent lowered to the age of 4

Lord Justice Fulford was named last year as an adviser to the QueenHe was a key backer of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange Police suspect the group of abusing children on an ‘industrial scale’He is revealed as a founder member of campaign to defend PIEAt the time it was calling for the age of consent to be lowered to just fourI clashed with Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) global leaders at the Wales conference in Swansea in 1977. Tom O’Carroll is still accepted and active on a sexnet chat group of experts in “sexology” although he writes openly as a pedophile. And the scholarly organizers of the Swansea conference at the University were part of his efforts. Below a summary of my intro to him in my book, Stolen Honor, Stolen Innocence, 2013. This academic pedophile lobby has continued and grown, training second generation and third generation supporters as “scholars” for pedophile equality and “rights.” In 1981 I realized they were global. See the B4UAct conference wi…

Tory MP's Private Company in Charge of Election votes and counts

Tory MP Peter Lilley’s company IDOX was given contracts across Scotland by SNP and Labour councils to quietly privatise the entire electoral process and control of postal votes and election counts across Scotland.

The contracts were awarded to ensure private control of all Scottish elections for the three-year period covering the EU election, the general election, the EU referendum and the Scottish Elections which allow IDOX to control, open, count and put forward "postal" ballot papers to be put into ballot boxes right up to the 10 pm deadline.

By May 2013 IDOX boasted they already had control of elections and voter registration and votes for 13 million people across the UK in the privatisation of all elections that most voters in the UK are completely unaware of.

Does this mean it is possible for postal votes to be binned (if private operators don't agree with the vote provided) and replaced using signatures they store electronically and can ballot papers be made up in pe…

Jill Dando tried to expose BBC paedophile ring but 'nobody wanted to know (including exclusive first look at the new documentary)

MURDERED BBC TV presenter Jill Dando raised the issue of a possible paedophile ring in the corporation - but no action was taken.

A former colleague and friend told us that Miss Dando, from Weston-super-Mare, tried to get bosses to investigate what was going on. The source said that the Crimewatch presenter was told that 'big name stars' and BBC staff were involved in abuse. A file was eventually handed to senior management in the mid-1990s, but no action was taken on the matter.
The source, who remains anonymous, said: “She compiled a file of complaints but she was not really an investigative journalist, just a presenter. “She passed the information to someone else and they gave it back. No one wanted to know.” Miss Dando was shot outside her London home in 1999 at the age of 37.

Justice For Jill