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Aaron Bastani, a key supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, blasted the campaign as “absolutely sickening” and called for the Royal British Legion to be shut down in a tirade of online rants.
In the video, he says: “We all know about the poppy appeal. It’s something that is a bit of a joke for people on the left.”
He adds: “I feel the poppy appeal is grotesque. I think it has triumphalist militarism to it, which, A, doesn’t really fit with Britain’s military position in the world anymore. And ‘B’, it’s racist, right? It’s white supremacists – I think.”