Thursday, 15 October 2009

Premature Poppy Watch

Last year I argued that the growing habit among politicians of wearing poppies weeks before Remembrance Sunday risked cheapening the memorial and looked suspiciously like more-patriotic-than-thou one-upmanship.

I’ve just watched a video of former Labour minister Tony McNulty on yesterday’s Daily Politics – and there in his buttonhole was a poppy, more than three weeks before Remembrance Sunday. Could this be the earliest ever example of Premature Poppy Wearing? Can anyone beat it?

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