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This house would not wear the poppy
November 6, 2014 @ 5:00 pm / 6:30 pm
The Poppy has become one of the most evocative symbols of remembrance in the UK, and is the means by which most of the British public participates in commemoration.
However, there is a growing feeling that the way in which we remember and observe past conflicts is overtly nationalistic, making it impossible to critically analyse our role within conflicts past and present.
Advocates for The Poppy argue that it is an important way to ensure that we never forget the horrors of past wars and that those who died are owed a fitting remembrance. On the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, the Manchester Debating Union asks: should we wear the poppy?
– Freelance writer and pacifist
– Convenor of the Stop the War Coalition
Dr. Lynette Nusbacher
– A former Devil’s Advocate for the Joint Intelligence Committee and former Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst