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Is there too much 'fuss' about poppies?


England football players will wear poppies on their black armbands on Saturday after Fifa banned the team from wearing them on their shirts - a move seen as many, including the prime minister and Prince William, as wrong.

Bob Stewart, a Tory MP and former soldier, says that the dispute was right, because remembrance day is a time of "national commemoration" of what people have sacrificed for our country and these are "national teams".

He adds that many people wear poppies to remember the cost of war, not just for England but for countries like Germany , and so wearing the poppy should not be seen as a political gesture.

But Michael White, assistant editor of The Guardian, believes that there is too much fuss around wearing the poppy and that there is an air of compulsion effectively making people feel forced into wearing it.

He compares the poppy to the time when women handed out feathers to men without uniform during the First World War, arguing that "our forces didn't die to force us to wear poppies"

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