Poppies

Celebrating the Freedom of the World War One Centenary

Alastair Macartney | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Alastair Macartney

We remembered too not just those from the First World War, but all wars past and present including those serving right now in Afghanistan and other Operations around the world. And, of course, it's not just the soldiers themselves but the families that give their all in support of those brave men and women.

Defending Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is Defending British Justice

Tam Hussein | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

A young man walks into a community center, he's a terror suspect and yet he doesn't know why or what the evidence against him is. He has not been allo...

One Million British Muslims Will Wear Poppy Despite Extremist Threats

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

More than a million British Muslims support wearing a poppy to mark Remembrance Day, new figures have claimed, as a think-tank arged anti-poppy extrem...

British Muslims Urged To Wear Poppies

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Muslim-led poppy stalls are to be set up across London and a number of other English cities this week as religious leaders call for Muslims to "wear p...

Labour MP Takes On Journalist Over Her Refusal To Wear A Poppy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK

A shadow defence minister has rebuked a journalist who said she no longer felt comfortable wearing a Remembrance poppy. Gemma Doyle said the decisi...

University 'Bans' Student Officials From Remembrance Day Service

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A university union has banned its student leaders from representing their peers at a Remembrance Day service - with the decision being slammed by an M...

'Poppygate' and Students' Unions

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

Like it or not, poppies no longer represent what they initially were created for. Every year we have remembrance services where those in power in the state talk about our military and giving thanks to their courage, whilst handily forgetting that when current soldiers often come back from tours of Afghanistan, it's up to charities to mend what's been broken.

In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

By 7.45pm I'm standing inside this memorial, as people do every night of the year, to remember the fallen Commonwealth soldiers of the First World War, who have no other resting place. At 8pm four buglers from the local fire brigade sound the Last Post and silence the gently murmuring crowd.

A Day for Remembering

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel M. Swain

I'm sure many soldiers had opposition to the arguments politicians were making when they were being shot to pieces in horrible battlefields. But that's not what Remembrance Day is about; it's a neutral showing of respect for those who have died in conflicts, whether or not the conflicts themselves were agreed with.

Why I Won't Wear A Poppy

Assed Baig | Posted 01.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Assed Baig

Rather than wearing a poppy, if we really want to remember the dead, then why don't we stop engaging in new wars? Why don't we stop occupying other countries? Why don't we stop bombing and killing children?

Time the British Legion Redesigned its Poppy Collection Boxes

Max Atkinson | Posted 25.12.2012 | Home
Max Atkinson

I wrote to the British Legion about this last year, but received no reply. Collection boxes identical to those used last year have now arrived on our doorstep. So I'll have to try again in the hopes that they'll redesign it in time for next year's poppy appeal.

Felicity A Morse

What's So Controversial About Wearing A Poppy?

HuffingtonPost.com | Felicity A Morse | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

As the British Legion launches its poppy appeal it seems wearing the little red flower has lost none of its potency. Political, patriotic, a sign ...

Poppy Appeal Begins With Trafalgar Square Concert

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal starts on Wednesday with a concert fronted by singers Alesha Dixon and Pixie Lott and soldier Sapper Clive Sm...

Is Football Still About the Beautiful Game?

Eliot Pollak | Posted 19.01.2012 | UK
Eliot Pollak

Over the past ten days, England have beaten the reigning world champions for the first time in over thirty years. Three days later, they beat Sweden for the first time in colour. Two momentous results - the national team on the up again. Hip hip and tally ho. Yet the two big football stories of the week were about poppies and racism.

Where Poppies Burn

Jonty Langley | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK Politics
Jonty Langley

Poppy-burning may become for Britain what flag-burning is for the US: a hot-button issue that divides the country along what might seem artificial lin...

Lucy Sherriff

Behind The Poppy: Making November 11 A Day To Remember

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Amid all the fuss and uproar over Fifa banning England's footballers from wearing poppies, the true meaning of Remembrance Day seemed to have been los...

In a Democracy, Protesters Should be Free to Burn Poppies

Patrick Hayes | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Politics
Patrick Hayes

Do I support the Muslims Against Crusades (MAC) planned 'surprise' intended to disrupt the two minute silence on Armistice Day? No. Do I support their burning of poppies while chanting "British soldiers burn in hell"? No.

PHOTOS: Radiant Kate Middleton In Silver Dress Fails To Dispel Pregnancy Rumours

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Kate Middleton’s radiance as she dazzled in a silver Grecian style dress did nothing to dispel rumours of a royal pregnancy that have surrounded the...

Was the FA's Row With FIFA Over the Poppy Ban an Own Goal?

Don Riddell | Posted 10.01.2012 | UK
Don Riddell

England's complaint is that the poppy has no political connotations; but this doesn't really stand up to scrutiny. Ask an Iraqi, an Afghan, a German, an Argentine, or a national of any of the countries Britain has fought against since the Haig Fund was established and they may beg to differ.

Fifa Climbs Down Over England Team Wearing Poppies

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Wimpress | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

Fifa has climbed down from its ban on the England team wearing poppies during a friendly match with Spain on Saturday after pressure from both David C...

Michael Rundle

Is The Poppy A Political Symbol? Just Like A Football Shirt, It Can Be If You Want

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 09.01.2012 | UK

Fifa received much criticism for its decision to uphold a ban on the England and Wales football teams wearing poppies during matches. Its rules di...

David Cameron Condemns Ban On England Players Wearing Poppies

PA | Posted 08.01.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has condemned the ban on England's footballers wearing poppies on their kit as "outrageous". The Prime Minister called for the sport'...

No Poppies Allowed: Outrage As Fifa Ban England Football Team From Remembering War Heroes

Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 05.01.2012 | UK

Fifa has banned the England football team from wearing poppies in honour of Remembrance Day during their friendly against Spain, saying no team is all...

Poppy Pride or Poppy Fascism?

Mike Ion | Posted 14.12.2011 | UK
Mike Ion

So I will be wearing my poppy this November. Out of some misguided sense of jingoistic pride? No. Out of respect and gratitude? Yes. Why? Because the act of remembrance and the wearing of a poppy is a very small price to pay.

Unremembered Afghanistan

Tom Stevenson | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK
Tom Stevenson

In a small park just outside the sleepy Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett, there are 35,000 wooden crosses planted in neat lines. Each has a red poppy pinned to its centre; many have photos of the smiling faces of deceased British soldiers clipped to them by loved ones.