Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Why Penny Red is wrong - its not just a red poppy day
Therefore for Laurie Penny aka Penny Red has written something that make my blood boil over on the Stop the War Coalition website. Calling it the "hypocrisy and showbiz of red poppy day".
I was actually talking to a member of the Royal British Legion the other day, who is younger than my 42 years. Who pointed out to me that wearing a poppy or a badge for the RBL is not just a one day thing for those who benefit from the work. It is year round and he will wear symbols indicating his membership and support of the work year round.
Penny decides to use the lead up to Remembrance Sunday for political point scoring and even then getting her facts incorrect*. I for one wear a poppy not just on November 11th or the Sunday nearest to it. I wear it on other days of remembrance, or to the funerals of those who have served. I'm also aware of other charities for our ex-service men such as Scottish Veteran Residences and the Scottish War Blinded charities both still working with young ex-servicemen as they settle back into life.
To borrow from a phrase used about pets: Money given for a poppy is for life not just November 11th.
*She says that politicians have hypocritically "authorised the decimation of jobs, welfare and public education in order to defend Britain's military spending and nuclear arsenal and offer tax breaks for business." When the truth is of course there are cuts in defense spending and closing down on loopholes in tax breaks for business some of which appeared during the reign of her beloved party.