Virtually everyone appearing on British TV for the next three weeks will be wearing a poppy and presumably in “Northern Ireland” also, for toleration of dissent is not a core value in the “United Kingdom.”
Perhaps the Poppies will be supplied gratis by the TV corporation and
companies whilst the general public will be expected to
make donatios from their own pockets. When Sir Terry Wogan presented Children in Need, Private Eye maintained that he was
paid handsomely for it, and Sir Terry neither denied their story nor sent a solicitor’s letter.
The Poppy Appeal is sponsored by arms manufacturers which supply not only to Britain’s forces, but also to regimes which, do not even pretend any concern for human rights.
The appeal is supposed to benefit Britain’s ex-Servicemen and women, who should be adequately maintained and cared for out of public taxation. If necessary, the armaments companies could afford to do so. They sponsor the appeal but apparently don’t dig into their own pockets.
There’s talk of a Covenant for the Armed Forces. I think the last Covenant entered into by the UK was that of The League of Nations in 1919. The UK, France, Italy and Japan all ratted on the Covenant and when Mussolini’s Fascists attacked Abyssinia
the UK made them pay. PAY TOLLS FOR THEIR PASSAGE THROUGH THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT OWNED SUEZ CANAL, that is..
Who, listening to Fergal Keane OBE on Remembrance Sunday will be informed, or encouraged to remember, that the one voice raised at the League in defence of its Covenant,and offering his own country’s soldiers, if necessary to defend Abyssinia, belonged to Eamon de Valera?
TO BE CONTINUED PRESENTLY.