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I prefer the Easter Lily.....I am Irish...
The two clowns yapping about the poppy and then praising a man photographed holding a poppy wreath, the mastermind chair awaits...
Nec Aspera Terrent..Is Tuaisceart-Éireannach mé. Má tá meas agat ar mo chultúr, beidh meas agam ar do chultúr.
I've given up on the poppy too over the last year or two, I'm afraid. There's far too much English nationalism tied up in it in Britain, and the language of remembrance has got steadily more militaristic over the last decade or so. I'm not happy about my changed attitude, but there it is.
I used to honour the tradition as a means of symbolising remembrance of the dead, but the language used by the remembrance faction, all the way up to the top politicians, increasingly speaks, at least implicitly, of heroic martyrs. That silly May woman solemnly enthusing about how steadfast they all were is a case in point.
Personally, I don't think the heroic dead have any more right to our remembrance, gratitude or indeed our respect, than the unheroic ones who chanced to find themselves under a random shell.
Around the corner from my house there's a large memorial to 13 or so thousand of the Russians who died in the terrible effort to remove the Nazis from Berlin. I prefer to just visit that place quietly every now and then.