Posh poppy pandemonium
Once upon a time, the only people who wore ‘posh poppies’ were TV presenters, who would turn up to read the news wearing one the size of a dinner plate.
Now, though, fashion has taken the symbol of remembrance and turned it into a blingy, inane, Swarowski studded bumhole of a thing – and what’s worse, hardly any of the proceeds from ‘poppy jewellery’ are going to the Royal British Legion.
Favoured by Kate Middleton and the like, the popular crystal encrusted poppies are made by a variety of manufacturers, some of whom give just 10% to the British Legion. Kate gets her posh poppy from the jewellers Buckley, who donate all proceeds to the Poppy Appeal. But Chamilia.com, who make poppy bracelets which retail at £45, gives only £4.50 to the British Legion and Klesha - who manufacture a poppy brooch for an unbelievable £54.99 - only manages to donate £8.23. Even Marks and Spencer, who sells enameled poppy pins for a fiver – donate just 30% to the charity.
So if you’re buying a poppy, just get one of the old fashioned paper and plastic ones. They might not be very jazzy, but at least you know the money is going to right place.
Also, when it’s all over, you can take them apart and use the stalk to pick your teeth. And it's that kind of resourcefulness that made this country great. *salutes*