The poppy appeal has good and bad reasons attached to it say does it mean support the armed forces minus benefits (the Armed Forces Covenant) or lets go to war in Syria/Iraq again because the sand is better than in cornwall ?
Olive Cooke (my blog) is also a problem for the charity sector with a plethora of other poppy like things our zoo poppy mugger last year was equipped with a range of branded merchandise all paid for by that person into a quasi uniform.
I have misgivings about how the poppy appeal is used by various organisations, the possible abuse of its volunteers and its movement into uniform and stuff noted earlier. Perhaps with other armed forces on the rise hi lighting the loss of the Armed Forces Covenant the poppy is not what we think it is. After all if more charities are created does that not mean the poppy appeal works or that covenant is? and is simply a brand name now.
Have a think about it.