Pro-poppyists think that wearing the poppy is apolitical and that the anti-poppyists are disrepecting the sacrifice of the war dead by politicising it.
So the poppy is a non-political statement, but not wearing it IS a political statement? Interesting. I've never seen anyone actually admit that.
Read what I posted again. I wrote "by politicising it". I didn't define what "it" is. Maybe I should.
This is how these conversations go, in my experience. Typical scenario: someone goes round an office selling poppies for charity. An individual doesn't buy one.
Nigel (pro): you're not buying a poppy?
Polly (anti): no, I don't really believe in it.
Nigel: believe in what?
Polly: well, I think many of these wars were appalling and remembrance glorifies it a bit.
Nigel: this isn't about politics, this is about respecting the sacrifice of our blah blah blah.
Polly: well, WWI was a total clusterfuck from the start. Millions dead and for what? Then we impoverished the Germans and that sowed the seeds for the Nazis. And don't get my started on Iraq.
Nigel: Why are you making such a big deal of this? You should really STFU and show some respect. Why do you hate this country? Sacrifice duty veterans blah blah blah.
Sometimes the Nigels start the argument and sometimes the Pollys. It never ends well.