Entries written by Alfred Archer and Benjamin Matheson

Remembrance and Poppy Enforcement

By Alfred Archer and Benjamin Matheson

Remembrance Sunday 2012 - image 30Remembrance Sunday 2012 – Image 30” by Hammersmith & Fulham Council. Used under: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.

In the United Kingdom, the red poppy is worn to remember those who have died fighting for the British Army. In 2018, over 50 million pounds was raised from sales of the red poppy. According to the Royal British Legion, the makers of the red poppies, wearing the poppy is not compulsory. Despite this, many people in the public eye have been criticized for not wearing one. So much so that in 2006, the news presenter Jon Snow wrote that: “There is rather unpleasant breed of poppy fascism out there – ‘he damned well must wear a poppy!’”. Snow is referring to the phenomenon of pressuring others to wear the red poppy – that is, pressuring others to engage in a commemorative practice.

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Published 12th November 2019