Poppy Appeal

Fears Over Poppy Row Prompt University To Stock Equal Numbers Of Red And White Ones

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Students at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have voted to sell red and white poppies on campus ahead of Remembrance Day 2017 because some people c...

Why Isn't The Poppy Appeal More Inclusive?

Matt Fernley | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Matt Fernley

So it's November and the beginning of November has always been synonymous for me with the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. Normally I am working and the appeal just drifts around me. I buy my poppy and I might watch the Remembrance service from the Royal Albert Hall or the Cenotaph if I'm free.

This Poppy Protest Is An Empty Gesture

Kerry Barrett | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Kerry Barrett

Wearing a poppy is, for some, a nice gesture. But if it's done mindlessly - poppies handed out on an armband as the players wait in the tunnel, just for show, just so they can be seen to be wearing one without the accompanying donation - it's essentially an empty gesture. As empty as the outrage over the ban.

May: FIFA's Footballer Poppy Ban 'Utterly Outrageous'

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Politics

Theresa May has launched a withering attack on FIFA for refusing requests for England and Scotland footballers to wear poppies. May declared that the ...

Theresa May Has Her Say On Wearing The Poppy Amid Fifa Row

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman has intervened in the poppy debate, arguing that “people should be able to wear their poppies with pride” after...

5 Famous People Who Have Exercised Their Freedom Of Choice Over The Red Poppy

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK

Every year the lead-up to Remembrance Sunday brings with it a renewed debate over the merits of the red poppy. Broadcasters and celebrities are rarely...

The Red Poppy Appeal Insults Victims Of War

Symon Hill | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK
Symon Hill

90% of people killed in war are civilians. But apparently civilians don't count. Remembrance is only for armed forces personnel from the UK and allied states.

#PoppyPressure: Has the Symbol Lost Its Substance?

Sophie Harrison | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Harrison

There is so much public pressure to maintain face of Remembrance, but what about its soul? The selfless soldier deserves more than a borrowed or bejewelled poppy.

Remembrance and Pacifism Go Hand in Hand: Why I'm Proud to Wear a White Poppy Alongside My Red One

Owen Winter | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Winter

There is no contradiction in wearing both a red and a white poppy. This Remembrance Day we should remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, and also take a moment to question the causes and consequences of war.

Remembrance 2015: 'It Is Humbling to See What Families Go Through'

Mark Armstrong | Posted 05.11.2016 | UK
Mark Armstrong

The support our injured soldiers and bereaved families receive is unrecognisable from our predecessors and it is a comfort to a serving soldier now if he gets injured or he pays the ultimate sacrifice. He and his family will be looked after by a first rate support system providing both for them financially with lifelong help available if required.

WW2 Veteran Explains How The 'Politicised' Red Poppy Is Used To 'Sell' The War On Terror

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.11.2015 | UK

Once a symbol of remembrance and respect, the red poppy is now being used as a political tool by the government to “sell” its war on terror, a Wor...

Britain First Accused Of 'Exploiting Children' Over Facebook Pictures

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 07.11.2015 | UK

Members of the far right hate group Britain First were on Saturday accused of “exploiting children” after having pictures taken alongside member o...

Once Again, This Footballer's Choice Not To Wear A Poppy Has Divided Opinion

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 07.11.2015 | UK

West Bromwich footballer James McLean has once again divided opinion after appearing on pitch without a poppy, unlike the rest of his team - but many ...

A Host Of Stars Have Come Out In Support Of #MyPoppy

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 07.11.2015 | UK Entertainment

British stars including Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton, England captain Wayne Rooney and singer Katherine Jenkins have come out in support ...

5 Famous People Who Have Exercised Their Freedom Of Choice Over The Red Poppy

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK

West Brom footballer James McClean refused to wear a poppy during a match on Saturday, sparking a debate over whether figures in the public eye should...

Rethink On Poppy Day Ceremony Changes After Opposition Leaders' Roles Were Due To Be Scaled Down

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics

Government plans to make David Cameron the only political leader to lay a poppy wreath individually at next month’s Remembrance Sunday service appea...

Watch The Heartless Moment A Poppy Tin Was Swiped From A Sunderland Chippy

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

Police are hunting a thief suspected of stealing a poppy collection tin from a Sunderland Fish and Chip shop. The man is wanted after the Royal Bri...

Using One Million War Dead To Hock Groceries? Merry Sainsbury's Christmas Everyone

Shaughan Dolan | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK
Shaughan Dolan

The World War One Centenary is a time to reflect one of the biggest wastes of human lives in the 20th Century. Why it happened, the lives it destroyed and how future wars can be averted are important lessons for our age. The ceramic poppies at the tower of London - 888,246 of them, each representing an extinguished human life - formed the centre of many moving tributes across the country.

Let Us Remember Them, Not Just on Remembrance Sunday or 11 November, But All Year Round

Jonathan Arnott | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Arnott

Every day should be Remembrance Day. We should treat our war veterans with respect all year round, honour the military covenant and make sure that those injured or psychologically scarred in the line of duty get the care and medical treatment they deserve. My Party has views on how that should best be achieved, but this is not a time for partisan politics.

Power to the Poppy

Laura Blumenthal | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics
Laura Blumenthal

A picture is worth a thousand words and the blood red poppy speaks most powerfully of all. Although multiple pins and poppies are lost throughout the remembrance time please do continue to buy poppies as every donation goes towards a truly worthy cause, to those it is difficult to articulate your immense appreciation.

PHOTOS: A Beautiful Sea Of Red Poppies

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland & Tahira Mirza & Michael Cripps | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK

The Tower of London is currently being besieged by a deluge of tourists and Londoners alike, who are queuing around the block to see a river of poppie...

Belfast Students Campaign For Poppy Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students at a university in Northern Ireland are proposing a motion to ban the selling of poppies in their students union, saying it is a "divisive in...

All Charity is Evil

Matt Lacey | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Lacey

From then, each month now has a designated charity aim, with January's 'dryathalon' all the way to 'Stoptober'. Alongside these, people will be engaging in so-called fun runs and comedy nights across the country. What's wrong with that? It's all for a good cause, they say as they proffer their jangling buckets.

Poppies and Poppycock

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

Remembrance Sunday was a time to reflect for veterans on lost comrades in arms, for family and friends to recall loved ones to mind and for all to honour the service past and present of armed forces throughout the Commonwealth. Gradually humanists are being allowed to take part in services, though this is still far from the norm.

Brothers Jailed For 'Despicable' Poppy Tin Thefts

PA | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK

Brothers who admitted stealing Poppy Appeal collection tins have been jailed on Armistice Day with their crimes branded "despicable" by police. Ada...