Holly Willoughby hits back at white poppy activist over This Morning remembrance debate

Holly Willoughby hits back at white poppy activist over This Morning remembrance debate

Adam Spiers appeared on the ITV show to explain why he chooses to wear a white poppy instead of the British Legion’s red offering. 

He admitted that he would be more likely to wear the “traditional” offering if he felt that the organisation wasn’t flawed. 

“[The British Legion] accept sponsorship from a number of arms manufacturers and in 2012 their president needed to resign so I do think whilst I respect the idea of remembrance and I’m not looking to disrespect anyone,” Adam said.

He continued: “If the British Legion wasn’t involved in other problematic areas then I would wear the red poppy but it’s because of these other issues. 

“There was a photo on the British Legion website that had children wearing future soldier T-shirts and I think that’s a problem,” he added. 

Former serving soldier, John Nichol, who wears a red poppy, snapped back: “You can’t criticise a young man for wanting to be in the military. 

“You are absolutely entitled to the point of view. You can’t blame this person for wanting to emulate their forefathers.”

Holly, 36, added: “My son wears a shirt with a fire engine on because he wants to be a firefighter.”

John gave his argument throughout, suggesting that he is not against the white poppy, but the focus of the difference should be noted. 

He told Holly and co-host Phillip Schofield: “This is about remembrance. People might be surprised to hear that there has only been one year where a service man or woman hasn’t died at war.”

When asked if he found the white poppy offensive, John commented: “I would fight to the death for Adam to wear his white poppy. 

“That’s what we do in the forces, we fight for freedom.”

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV from 10.30am. 

Published at Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:31:00 +0000

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