But, as usual, I digress. Broadcaster Jon Snow has been criticised for not wearing a poppy on television, and then criticised again for declaring:
Compelling people to wear poppies because YOU think they OUGHT to is precisely the Poppy fascism, or intolerance, that I have complained of in the past.
I am with Jon on this. It must be a matter of choice. I am assuming of course, that he does likewise with little ribbons, bangles and all the other crap that is turned out to assuage middle class white guilt.
I shall be wearing a poppy, in the next day or two, and I shall remember those for whom it is a symbol of bravery, self-sacrifice and freedom. You do what you like.