You've still got time to order your white poppies!
I've bought a box and will be sending some to local MPs as well as seeing if the local schools want to take some.
Ever since I was a kid, I've been troubled by the wearing of red poppies. Regardless of what the party line may have been, there was a definite element of celebrating War involved. You only have to watch our national remembrance day services to see the military myth that lies at the heart of this nation's identity.
I know that my choice on this matter angers some people. I'm told that I should honour the memory of those who died defending our country. Yet, for the life of me, I cannot see a better way to do that than insist that it doesn't happen again.
The truth is, we do not honour the memory of the dead by promoting the truth that war is necessary, noble, just and righteous. We do it by refusing to let ourselves forget and by pledging to never let it happen again.