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BBC's policy on poppies belies its impartiality

Published 10/11/2015

The practice by BBC Northern Ireland of insisting broadcasters and presenters wear the poppy at work must surely tarnish the image of impartiality which the BBC likes to portray of itself.

It is my understanding that, following the signing of the Belfast Agreement, a new code of ethics was agreed, which included the banning of political emblems and flags in the workplace.

Without question, the wearing of the poppy has overtly unionist overtones and, indeed, has the potential to offend, as the money raised is used to provide support for British ex-servicemen - some of whom would have served in the north during the Troubles.

TOM COOPER

Chair, Irish National Congress, Dublin

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