It was for the working class people the length and breadth of GR & Ireland, who fought and died in a war caused by the family of the present monarchy.The poppy is to remember those that gave their lives so that the disrespectful arseholes in the green brigade would have the freedom to do what they did.
Some years ago it became more (what @JFP1302 is on about with another radge on the thread). Its origins wernae for freedom of speech paigntonhibby.
Its was quietly respected for generations. Some years ago it turned into a big wank fest on who remembered the most. Its garish as fuck now.
Re the soapies. Load of old balls. I dinae gie those manky twats a second thought. Their actions doesnae offend me in the slightest.... but we set them up every year. They do exactly what we all expect them to do, and the outrage is cranked up again. Every year.
Load of shite. It should be a personal reflection, and a reminder for us never to go down that route again