After the First War money was short. The heroes who fought came from places that had never heard of the Somme. Alt na Beulluch and the Somme have only water in common.Their women never knew where their husbands died. They were paid ten shillings for being a widow. Ten shillings is fifty pence.
Their children didn’t know why or where their fathers died either. Enough to know they were called and went and died. I saw their children. They scuffled on the sides of their feet. Their bones were fused from lack of milk. They had rickets. They starved.
Back to the withered poppy. Do you think every BBC broadcaster has paid for his poppy? Do you think that every politician who wears one has paid for those who served and died?
But it’s a charity, they say. It keeps Erskine. It looks after the permanently hurt.
This may have been true in days of poverty when Poppy Day was founded.
This year he Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland got a bonus of ten million pounds.
How much did the Royal Regiment of Scotland get for its wounded in the service of us all?