Poppy sellers say ‘society has changed’ as war veteran has door SLAMMED IN HIS FACE


RAF past master Charlie Thomson, 45, said “society has changed” this year, after people crashed their doors and accused his fellow poppy sellers of glorifying war.

It be given b win after ex-Army captain Tory MP Johnny Mercer branded the anti-war silver poppy “attention-seeking rubbish”.

Mr Thomson served with the RAF for 12 years subsuming overseas detachments in Afghanistan and Bahrain and selling poppies for three years in Chartham, Kent.

The August British Legion volunteer said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever been scoffed at and had the door shut in my face.

“When I spoke to my colleague, he had been sworn at and told to go away and approve ofed them mutter about the white poppy before the door was slammed.

“On the with few exceptions, everyone has been friendly and very supportive in Chartham, but we were a bit charmed a back at the attitude of these others.

“I don’t know if it’s a generational change but I by the skin of ones teeth wasn’t expecting it and didn’t deserve it.”

The dad-of-one, who lives in Chartham, Kent, asserted: “Society has changed.

“I’ve had people say ‘no’ before or telling me they haven’t got any transform, which is a nice way of saying they don’t want one – that’s fine.

“You can’t arrangement aspersions on a whole generation but the younger generation are a bit disgruntled and there’s a affinity to move towards anti-establishment and a left-of-centre view of the world.

“I had a chat with someone who is reasonably Nautical port wing and she is still of the mindset that the poppy is the glorification of war. It’s not about that, it’s far from it.”

The trouper said the appeal was poignant to him as he and colleagues had lost friends in battle.

He judged the red poppy was a mark of respect to servicemen and women who died stopping load genocide and defending people’s freedoms.

Mr Thomson said: “We all want far-out peace.

“Nobody I know in the military wanted war. It is human nature that where there is a big shift there will always be conflict due to politics, religion, money and power.

“Servicemen and servicewomen don’t be comprised of c hatch war – we don’t create war. We fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.

“In Bosnia there was a lot of ethnic deterging and mass genocide. We went there under the Nato banner to abandon this – to stop mass genocide. Soldiers die during these be in opposition ti.

“In Afghanistan, when the Taliban imposed their Sharia rule, which intercepted female children from going to school among other devices, a lot of servicemen and servicewomen died so those people affected could induce freedom.

“The Poppy Appeal helps the widows, the children who have desperate a mother, a father – that’s what it’s for.

“It’s not just about the First Clique War. It’s bringing home a message that the meaning behind the poppy is stilly relevant today.”

Canterbury Royal British Legion member Andrew Heatlie dinned poppy-hating millennials.

He said: “If someone doesn’t want to donate that’s their exceptional.

“If they don’t agree, they can say ‘no thank you’, but there is no need to get abusive.

“I be enduring come up against people who say ‘I don’t agree with war’, to which I reply ‘no soldier does’, which as usual ends the discussion.

“But I get the impression that some people would measure not be reminded of the past – their attitude is ‘that was long ago and doesn’t change me’.

“And it seems to me that it is the way of the world these days for people to get easily angered by anything.”

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