This is from www.thisislondon.com Newsreader Jon Snow rails against 'poppy fascism' 09.11.06 Add your view Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow is today at the centre of a row after he hit out at "poppy fascism". He vowed he would not wear the Remembrance Day flower on-air - and slammed the "unpleasant" attitude of those who insist he should. He has fronted the evening news with a bare lapel, despite the decision by some TV colleagues to wear poppies. While admitting opinion was "bitterly divided", he said: "I do not believe in wearing anything which represents any kind of statement." More here... â¢ Tube bosses ban poppy seller as charity face dramatic shortage of sellers â¢ Duke of Edinburgh honours war dead Writing on a new blogsite set up by Channel 4 News, the 59-year-old also criticised the BBC's decision to allow newsreader Fiona Bruce to wear a crucifix. "Fiona Bruce is to be allowed to continue to wear a cross-shaped item of jewellery," he said. "I am allowed to wear unspeakably bright ties. But there's a world of difference there that we should be assertive about." He said he was often "begged" to wear symbols, from Aids ribbons to Marie Curie flowers - but would never agree. "And in those terms, and those terms alone, I do not and will not wear a poppy. "There is a rather unpleasant breed of poppy fascism out there - 'he damned well must wear a poppy!' I do, in my private life, but I am not going to wear it or any other symbol on air. "I respect our armed forces, the sacrifice and the loss, and like others I remember them on Remembrance Sunday." However, More4 News host Sarah Smith said: "I agree newscasters shouldn't wear all sorts of political or charitable adornments ... but I think poppies are different. They are so ubiquitous for the first 11 days of November that not wearing one makes more of a statement than having one on." She said many viewers assumed Snow was "taking a stand against militarism or the Iraq war". One viewer responding on Snow's blogsite said he was "disgusted" at the newsreader's attitude. Another wrote: "You conform by wearing a shirt and tie to read the news, why not wear a poppy too? If you truly were an impartial and free spirit you'd tell us the news sat there in a T-shirt and Bermuda shorts." Channel 4 correspondent Lindsay Taylor said he too would not wear a poppy on screen, and said bosses had left the choice up to staff. A spokesman for the Royal British Legion said he did not recognise claims of poppy fascism. "I don't know where that has come from. We certainly don't prescribe who wears a poppy or how or where or why."