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to be hacked off with people on TV that wear a 'poppy with pride'?

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MaureenMLove Thu 29-Oct-09 22:32:00

I will be wearing mine, as soon as I find someone selling them. I'm sure I will over the next few days.

But, every single 'live' programme that I see, from The News to Deal or No Deal, everyone is wearing a poppy. It's like the directors have insisted that they must wear one, regardless of whether they actually care or not.

Don't get me wrong, I care very much indeed and will alway wear mine with pride and thanks, for all those soliders and their families.

I feel almost like they are belittling the importance of the poppy.

Oh, I don't know!! <<wails>> Maybe I'm thinking about it too much, but it really gets on my wick!!

GhoulishFan Thu 29-Oct-09 22:33:34

mmm me too - I wish they'd do it because they CHOOSE to, not because they've been forced in their contract!

Well hopefully it raises the awareness of the poppy appeal and more people will buy them and more money will be raised. But yes, I imagine the assistant director is there hastily pinning poppies on people just before the camera rolls.

ErikaMaye Thu 29-Oct-09 22:34:19

People have been selling them for the past two weeks.

I imagine it probably is policy to a degree, but I don't think its a bad thing. Can you imagine the uproar if some people were wearing it and some weren't? Then it would be seen as anyone not wearing one was insulting the sacrifice and memory.

BunnyLebowski Thu 29-Oct-09 22:35:09

No you're not alone.

I HATE the enforced poppy wearing policy on television and fully support Jon Snow and others who refuse to do so.

MaureenMLove Thu 29-Oct-09 22:35:58

Exactly! You can't tell me that every single dumb nut on Deal or No Deal chooses to wear a poppy? Some of them clearly aren't living in the real world anyway! It's just false and it pisses me off!

TheFallenMadonna Thu 29-Oct-09 22:37:06

But what is a TV presenter to do if they feel the same as you regarding wearing a poppy? Not wear one so as not to annoy you look cynical?

CybilLiberty Thu 29-Oct-09 22:37:15

Agree with you Maureeen. Wear a poppy because you WANt to , not because some spotty floor manager has told you to.

cat64 Thu 29-Oct-09 22:37:16

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Saltire Thu 29-Oct-09 22:37:49

By MaureenMLove Thu 29-Oct-09 22:32:00
Don't get me wrong, I care very much indeed and will alway wear mine with pride and thanks, for all those soliders and their families.

I hope you also mean for the Navy,RAF and Royal Marines!?

BunnyLebowski Thu 29-Oct-09 22:38:09

Anyone who is on Deal or NO Deal has clearly had a lobotomy and as such shouldn't be making such decisions anyway. Fucking happy clappy weirdy freaks.

And Stripey - do you seriously know any adult in the UK who doesn't know what the poppy appeal is??

MaureenMLove Thu 29-Oct-09 22:38:24

I hope it does raise awareness, I really do. I have no connection with recent conflicts, what-so-ever, but my grandparents and DH's grandparents fought for how my life is today and it really upsets me to think someone is being forced to wear a poppy.

PeterDominic Thu 29-Oct-09 22:39:06

IMO they start too early

PeterDominic Thu 29-Oct-09 22:39:21

and I agree with OP

MaureenMLove Thu 29-Oct-09 22:39:59

Of course I do Saltire, of course I do! Apologies. Any member of any of the forces and their brave families! smile

ErikaMaye Thu 29-Oct-09 22:40:03

But seriously though - how many of the people wearing them do you think are "forced" to? From my experience selling poppys around now, if people see a box and donation tin, they tend to do it automatically anyway.

ScaryMotherWhoScreeches Thu 29-Oct-09 22:41:55

"Fucking happy clappy weirdy freaks"

I shouldn't be snorting at that but I am blush grin

PeterDominic Thu 29-Oct-09 22:42:44

i saw a woman in aHUGE fuck off poppy today
she looked fine

BunnyLebowski Thu 29-Oct-09 22:44:11

That's precisely what they are Scary!

Acting like they've known each other since primary school when they'd clearly stab each other in the fanny to get in Noel's hot seat and get their arse-shaped faces on t'telly.

MaureenMLove Thu 29-Oct-09 22:44:35

Maybe Erika, maybe, but a large proportion of people, put the armed forces to the back of their minds until this time of the year. Through no fault, other than life gets in the way. The poppy fund, simply reminds people of what they've got and how they've got it - I hope!

MaureenMLove Thu 29-Oct-09 22:45:46

I would just like to point out, that I don't usually watch Deal or No Deal, but I'm on half term holidays, so it is part of my job description to watch shit on telly! grin

CybilLiberty Thu 29-Oct-09 22:46:48

Folk on telly are clearly told they HAVE to wear them. Nothing wrong in that in itself but it's the overly PC annoying attitude that grates.

Wasn't there some to -do with Peter Sissons about a poppy? Or was that tie-gate when the Queen Mum died?

Saltire Thu 29-Oct-09 22:48:14

No Cybil - that was because he had the audacity not to wear a black tie when announcing the death of the Queen Mother. or it could ahve been Dianas death

CybilLiberty Thu 29-Oct-09 22:50:07

Ah yes it was deep maroon not regulation black iirc. Do we ever see Peter on the telly anymore? No.

BunnyLebowski Thu 29-Oct-09 22:52:39


What is going on when a newsreader wearing the (only marginally) wrong coloured tie to announce the long overdue demise of an inbred gin-soaked oul leech is scandalous??

This country and it's etiquette baffle me at times.

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