Why is your power station wearing a poppy? Britain’s last industry, Hugely Performative Patriotism, is thriving.

A poppy on a power station
Support us and go ad-free

The numbers are finally in. We can report that Gross Domestic Respect (GDR) is up by 20% this quarter. The evidence is all around us that Britain’s last industry, Hugely Performative Patriotism, is thriving.

Now this veteran has recovered from last night’s fireworks, let’s have a look at some of the highlights of the 2020 poppy season so far.

We’ve got Yorkshire power stations wearing poppies:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

We’ve got wind turbines dressed as poppies:

The truth is Britain’s economy might soon be able to run on poppy power, but it doesn’t stop there.

You can now drive over them on your way to work:

Because nothing says ALL CAPS RESPECT THE FALLEN like driving buses over poppies 150 times a day:

Someone somewhere in our Completely Normal Country went all in with a full spectrum poppy display including a tasteful machine gun nest and a glum skeleton in German army uniform. Nice touch with the trench rats, by the way:

The keen-eyed Giant Poppy Watch found this powerful Christmas/Remembrance mash-up, something we should all consider this year:

And Giant Poppy Watch also unearthed this tasteful commemorative whiskey, described here as having “gentle undertones of smoke”. Mmmm, takes me back to the war in Afghanistan. I’ll be self-medicating with this later:

These plucky patriots know what Remembrance is really about: using veterans to attack vulnerable, desperate human beings fleeing war:

Joking aside, wear whatever coloured poppy you want this year, and remember loved ones however you want. My personal view is this: the best way to respect the war dead isn’t by projecting poppies onto power stations, painting them onto the road, or waving them angrily at asylum seekers. No, it is try and keep their numbers to a minimum.

Stay safe out there, troops. We’ll leave you with this all-time classic, and a simple question:


Featured image via pxhere and pxfuel

Support us and go ad-free

Do your bit for independent journalism

Did you know that less than 1.5% of our readers contribute financially to The Canary? Imagine what we could do if just a few more people joined our movement to achieve a shared vision of a free and fair society where we nurture people and planet.

We need you to help out, if you can.

When you give a monthly amount to fund our work, you are supporting truly independent journalism. We hold power to account and have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence the counterpoint to the mainstream.

You can count on us for rigorous journalism and fearless opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right wing mainstream media.

In return you get:

  • Advert free reading experience
  • Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
  • 20% discount from our shop


The Canary Fund us