So what about the Poppy? The one that unionists wear in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday.
The Unionists and the LetsGetAlongerists would have us believe we should respect it. It commemorates…they would claim….the (British) soldiers who lost their lives in World War One and subsequently in British campaigns….”good” wars like World War Two and “bad” wars like suppression of nationalism in India, Kenya, Cyprus, Malaya, Aden….and Ireland.
We are asked to believe it is about good guys and freedom and that it is part of our so-called “shared” history.
It is a sham. This mural is in Donegall Pass, Belfast. It links the World War One monument in Flanders (“The Ulster Tower”) commemorating the Ulster Division (the “old” Ulster Volunteer Force) to the 1970s UVF and a list of the dead from “Second Batallion”, South Belfast UVF.
LetsGetAlongerists would fake shock at this. To them, it is an abuse of a more “respectable” history. But thats not how unionists see it. To wear a poppy…a so-called shared symbol is to buy into the worst excesses of loyalist violence.