There are only three times politicians truly love a soldier: when the war is on, in the run up to elections and once a year for ten minutes or so around Remembrance Sunday.
What does it say about Britain in 2014 that we remember our own dead and do not mourn the German or French or Russian victims?
People buy the red poppy to support soldiers returning from war, but the best way to protect their interests is to stop sending them into these disastrous conflicts in the first place.
Our memory of the men and women who tried and failed 100 years ago to stop the 'great' war can galvanize us to oppose efforts to remilitarize society today.
Politicians were alarmed by the unprecedented demonstrations against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq in the early 2000s, which represented a sea-change in public attitudes.
Jan Woolf, cultural coordinator of No Glory in War, interviewed by Red Wedge about the campaign’s use of art and media — both past and present.