Young army cadets must have chaperones to protect them from the abuse they have suffered while collecting for charity.
The situation is so bad that security is being provided for young poppy sellers in Bradford after some were attacked last year. This is the first time this sort of thing has happened in the British Legion's history.
Last year Bethany Holmes, then 13, of the Allerton Army Cadet Force, was one of three teenagers selling Remembrance poppies outside The Range store in Girlington, Bradford, when a group of youths began giving the poppy-sellers 'abuse'.
Bradford's Telegraph & Argus has tried its hardest not to tell us who the culprits of this crime were. I'm almost certain that the abuse was carried out by young Muslims for political (Islamist) reasons. These incidents occurred in Girlington, which has a large Muslim community. Not only that. The fact that the 'youths' spat on the poppies shows us that these acts may well have been political in nature.
So just as the T & A would probably say that I'm making 'political capital' out of this issue, I can just as easily say that the T & A, by not mentioning the fact that these culprits were Muslims, and that they didn't mention the political nature of these acts, is itself political.
What's the difference between the T & A hiding and denying the truth for political reasons and my stressing the truth for political reasons? No real difference at all.
The T & A, like Rochdale and Rotherham's social services, think that by denying reality – Islamic or Muslim reality – things will improve for that sacred Community Cohesion we hear so much about. No! Things will get progressively worse – at least for non-Muslim girls in Rochdale and Rotherham and for a multitude of other non-Muslims. And things certainly have deteriorated for these poppy-sellers.
The T & A's pious political correctness and exemplary liberal rectitude about all things Islamic and Muslim will not help Barbara Allsopp, of the Poppy Appeal organisation for the Bradford Royal British Legion, who stressed that it was the first time her charity had experienced such terrible actions. I fear it won't be the last. And the T & A's campaign of denial will not help matters.
Finally, Rod Walker said that '[w]e have to educate the public why we are doing these collections'. We must also educate the public about who the real culprits are and why they are doing what they are doing.