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Remembrance Sunday is being twisted into a poppy witch-hunt

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AT what point does our desire to sanctify the blood of the fallen in two world wars become something oppressive? When it’s deployed to accuse and to intimidate; as an instrument of a witch-hunt, does it cease to be something pure and innocent?

On November 11 each year we are supposed to commemorate the ultimate act of love: the laying down of one’s life that unknown others might survive to be free and perhaps to give the gift of love themselves and to receive it in return. Now we are contaminating the memory of those who performed the greatest act of love by turning that which symbolises it into something shrill and shallow.

Once, the poppy was something to be worn quietly and discreetly or to be placed gently and without fanfare at a graveside or a war memorial. Now it has become something to be wielded and brandished; to be proclaimed and announced while self-appointed tribunes scan the masses looking for signs of sullenness and dissent: these being punishable by a visit to the scaffold of the 21st century: a snatched iPhone picture and exposure on social media.

In 21st century Britain the poppy has too often become a clashing symbol of division; signifying your allegiance (unwittingly or otherwise) to something much shallower than the mere desire to liberate others.

To wear it is to be accused in the eyes of some of endorsing wars fought for darker purposes and not to wear it is deemed to be treacherous and disrespectful and of giving succour to Britain’s enemies,........

© Herald Scotland