Shelagh Fogarty is Leading Britain's Conversation.
15 October 2017, 14:38
Maajid makes the argument for taking the politics out of the poppy.
An anti-war group has been accused of trying to "indoctrinate'" children by encouraging schools to hand out white poppies to their pupils.
The white poppy's popularity has increased in recent years, it purports to represent a pacifistic approach and promote peace, as opposed to "sanitising" and "glamourising" war.
Maajid called for people to wear whatever colour poppy they like, without discussion devolving into virtue signalling.
He said: "Look guys let's not diss the red poppy. Promoting peace and opposing war is laudable, but you don't need to do it by dissing the red poppy.
"No, those who wear the red poppy are honouring our fallen heroes.
"By all means promote the white poppy, but don't do it by disrespecting the red poppy."
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