We are gearing up for Remembrance Sunday amidst an incredibly febrile and hostile atmosphere in this country.
In a couple of weeks military heroes will march past the Cenotaph in London. The same cenotaph that is currently barricaded up to protect it from being damaged by protesters angry about what’s going on in Gaza.
We’ve got clashes taking place on the street right now next to the Cenotaph, the memorial to our fallen heroes, the people who laid down their lives for our freedoms and way of life… and it turns my stomach.
I wonder what those brave men and women must be thinking now. I wonder what they’d think if they saw people calling for jihad and Muslim armies.
We have soldiers being told not to wear their uniforms in public, in case they become targets for terrorists.
We have heroic wartime leaders like Winston Churchill being denounced as evil, bigoted villains.
We have veterans struggling with crippling mental health issues as a result of their service, struggling to access the resources that should be more easily available to them. Many of them, sadly, turn to drink and drugs.
We have people who were prepared to fight and die for this country in more recent conflicts lining the streets because we don’t have enough housing stock for them, when councils and politicians seem able to find billions of pounds collectively for housing stock for those who have just arrived in Britain.
And then we look at what’s taking place in schools. Where children appear to be taught the negatives about Britain’s military history and not the overwhelming positives.
Is it any wonder then, that places like Brighton, which is regarded by many as arguably the wokest place in Britain, struggle to find somebody to sell poppies ahead of Remembrance Day.
There were serious concerns that a long-standing poppy seller, who sadly can no longer volunteer, could not be replaced.
In fact they only found somebody a couple of days ago. But it got me thinking: Clearly there are parts of the UK that struggle to raise money for the Royal British Legion, which helps people who have suffered as a result of their service for Queen, now King, and Country. It supports their families.
It helps veterans with mental health care, with housing, to get a job and adjust to civvy street. It help their families. But it does more than that.
In a world where our greatest generation is increasingly forgotten, the heroism of the past is now viewed negatively instead of with the love, awe and adoration, in a world where patriotism is all to often seen as a dirty thing, where we feel as though we are no longer around to be British, the Royal British Legion fights the good fight.
It epitomises everything that true Patriotic Brits love about our nation and our national history. And that is why I am trying to raise £10k for the Royal British Legion.
Tomorrow I will be doing a show from Brighton, where they found it quite tricky to get a volunteer to hand out the poppies, and I’ll be focusing on our beloved military veterans.
With all the nonsense going on in our country at the moment it is more important than ever that we show our love for our heroes. So please, go to justgiving.com/page/gbnewspoppy now and give what you can. Let’s get to £10k.