Many non-Muslims and Muslims choose not to wear the poppy, says Sofia Ahmed, because they feel it has been appropriated by politicians and war mongers to celebrate militarism.
Lockheed Martin and BAE are just two of the arms companies that the Royal British Legion has co-opted to sponsor red poppy events.
Sung by Joss Stone, the Royal British Legion's version of Eric Bogle's classic song The Green Fields of France has removed its powerful anti-war message.
By pushing for Israel to “reduce military incursions,” Blair’s team appears to be implying that Israel has a legitimate right to undertake military activities on Palestinian land.
Recording only the British dead of world war one confirms the illusion that we are an island of heroes with no debt to anyone else, no fraternity for anyone else.
Veterans wearing white poppies will send a clear message to the government, most of whom have never served in the military or experienced war first hand, that war is not glorious.
The disastrous history of “blowback”, not just on devastated Afghanistan, but on New York City and Washington, is painfully well known and not yet over. Not by half.
According to the UN, 100,000 homes have been destroyed or damaged, leaving nearly one in three of Gaza’s population homeless or in urgent need of humanitarian help.
There are only three times politicians truly love a soldier: when the war is on, in the run up to elections and once a year for ten minutes or so around Remembrance Sunday.
What does it say about Britain in 2014 that we remember our own dead and do not mourn the German or French or Russian victims?