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By lex, on November 11th, 2010

David Cameron shows some:

Startled officials accompanying the Prime Minister on his two-day trade mission to China were shocked when they were asked if they would remove the emblems before Mr Cameron’s official welcome at Beijing’s Great Hall.

A host of officials and four other Cabinet ministers — George Osborne, Michael Gove, Chris Huhne and Vince Cable — all refused to remove their poppies and they took their position to watch the Prime Minister inspect Chinese troops alongside Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier.

One member of the Downing Street party said: “The Chinese told us it would be inappropriate to wear poppies because of the Opium Wars. We informed them they meant a great deal to us and we would be wearing them all the same.”

Bravo to those who would not be bullied.

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Lest we forget:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– LtCol John McCrae, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1915

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