Poppies and the political hijacking of remembrance

In his 2007 memoir The Last Fighting Tommy, Harry Patch, the longest-surviving British First World War serviceman, describes Remembrance Sunday and the characteristic sea of poppies that spout up around it as “just show business”. Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow has famously described the phenomenon as “poppy fascism”. Remembering the fallen soldiers of our country’s […]

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