Follow @JohnPlatinumG Now it's over I feel free to comment without causing too much offence. This year Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day and Poppy Day) actually fell on a Sunday. More commonly the nearest Sunday to the 11th November is chosen for the laying of wreaths and remembering the dead of imperialist wars. It cannot be held mid-week because the majority of people are working. So year after year we buy our poppies and spare two minutes of silence on a Sunday to pay our respects to those who sacrificed themselves for their countries, an event started after the First World War. Although most church and Cenotaph memorial services concentrate on the British dead it should never be forgotten that the 'enemy' also had armed service personnel who paid the ultimate price so that certain unspecified individuals would grow richer.
Remembering the dead is a comforting thing for those who have lost loved
ones in conflict. It does not bring the fallen back but it brings some comfort.
Let it not be forgotten though that it is almost 100 years since the First
World War started. Poppy Day has outlived its purpose. It has become an
industry with all the failings of industry. I will buy no more red poppies in
remembrance of people I never even knew. The oldest person on earth can
probably not remember anyone who fell in the First World War. This year's poppy
is the last.
This year's poppy
This year's poppy fell apart, like last year's poppy. Without superglue it
would be lying on the floor somewhere obscure, the red fibre flower, green
fibre leaf and green plastic stem separated for eternity and I would be
compelled to buy another, as I had to do last year. I have no doubt this is
deliberate. I came across an artificial poppy stem last week when out
walking the dogs detached from its other two parts. Everybody I spoke to on
Sunday said the same thing about poppies coming apart. They are not made to
last. They are deliberately not made to last. They are a glaring example of
Why does the media perpetuate Poppy Day? We do not remember the fallen from
the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, the Boer War or any previous war to the
First World War. It is a good industry and those who know a good thing do not
want to see it disappear from the market-place. Television, all channels, pins
poppies on everyone on chat shows, political shows, news programmes, sports
programmes, any programmes where those taking part do not have to move too
much. Because if they moved too much their poppies would fall apart and that
would not look good for the image. Some of us can remember a time when Gary
Lineker and Alan Shearer were too fast for anyone to stick a poppy on them. Now
they just sit there compliant with the global television policy of 'if it
doesn't move stick a poppy on it'. It's all poppycock!
There was nobody, without exception, not wearing a poppy who appeared on a
television programme this year. What does that tell us? Somebody has an
interest in perpetuating this event. Who? Why? Those who want to perpetuate Poppy
Day are those who own the media. Those who own the media also want to
perpetuate war. For what reason? Global domination and people manipulation.
This blog has frequently mentioned how certain items of news, like the names of
Julian Assange's accusers in Sweden, and the circumstances of how he was set
up, are not allowed to be mentioned in the media. It is in the interest of
these same people who want to wage war on Iran that Poppy Day is perpetuated.
There is another poppy - a white poppy. I try to get one of these every year
too but was unable this year. The white poppy stands for peace. I usually wear
the white poppy together with the red poppy on Remembrance Day. If you want to
remember something next year remember that the red poppy is an imperialist industry
based around the perpetuation of war. The white poppy offers hope. White
poppies can be purchased from the Peace Pledge Union. This is the way forward. Join me next year in wearing white poppies
only and kick the obsolete red poppy, and its warmongers, into touch.