Christoyannopoulos, Alexandre

Christoyannopoulos, Alexandre

Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

1 October 2023Feature

Hypocrisy, boosting the military-industrial complex and narrowing solidarity

Exactly what Britons commemorate when they wear a red poppy has evolved ever since the emergence of that symbol in the aftermath of the First World War.

One of the reasons the poppy has been such an enduring symbol is that it has always had a capacity to mean slightly different things to different people. For some, it has conveyed the memory of personal and collective suffering (best illustrated perhaps with the saying: ‘lest we forget’).

For others, it is a sign of respect and…