The need to publicly signal your virtues through ostentatious displays of support for ideas you think have value is nothing but a liberal cancer, according to the guy in the pub desperate for you to acknowledge his over-sized poppy.
Dave Williams, 54, has spent the last few years telling people that liberal virtue signallers are responsible for most of society’s ills, and that this ‘sickness’ has led to the erosion of societal values such as free speech and being able to blame immigrants for stuff.
However, he insists that his massive poppy is not a signal of his virtues, and is, in fact, something very different.
He told other regulars in the pub, “Virtue signallers do what they do so people will recognise their very visible gesture and think they’re a better person because of it, whereas I’m wearing this only very slightly over-sized poppy for me, and I don’t care if anyone sees it or not.
“The fact that I’m wearing it here, in the pub, where everyone can see, it is nothing but a coincidence.
“You know what, I might not even wear it on Remembrance Day, because this poppy is for me and it’s my personal tribute, not so other people can see it.
“No, I’m not virtue signalling, shut up!”
Williams went on to deny accusations that it’s not ‘virtue signalling’ that he particularly dislikes, but rather the liberal values being promoted by said virtue-signallers.
He went on, “No, you’re wrong. Wearing a visible item in support of things like Pride, Ukraine, mental health, or Black Lives Matter is clearly a cancer which is threatening the very fabric of our society.
“But me wearing this massive poppy is very different to all those liberal ideas and their own visible tokens. The fact that it represents something I actually agree with is completely coincidental.”