With Ed Miliband slammed for not preparing a hand-written note on a WWI memorial poppy wreath — before it subsequently emerged that David Cameron was the only dignitary to have signed his ‘from’ card — this is a VERY awkward quote from Poppy Scotland:
“Our normal procedure is that we would just send the cards directly with the wreaths.
“We were asked to send [the cards] to the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) and the wreaths were sent through to Glasgow in advance, but the blank cards to London.”
Labour supporters still trying excuse Miliband not bothering to ask for wreath in advance. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/5I6fxwRbo2
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) August 4, 2014
There are strict rules on the political impartiality of the civil service.
So having received the cards in derogation from “normal procedure”, who at DCMS offered the Tory prime minister the opportunity to sign his card — but not the Lib Dem deputy prime minister or Labour opposition leader?
UPDATE: Official DCMS line …
“The same wreaths and pre-written messages were provided to all wreath layers. Some chose to write personalised messages.”
Scrapbook understands that (a) Cameron’s office asked for a card in advance and it was added to the wreath in the morning and (b) that no one was given time on the morning to write a message — but some wreath layers bought their own message or wreath and substituted it on the morning.