Poppy burning- haters charged; bonfire-burning haters to follow?

The PSNI have arrested and charged three youths with incitement to hatred after a photograph posted on a social networking site allegedly showed the individuals burning a poppy. The move is consistent with the pro-active PSNI approach to individuals who have used Facebook to post threatening messages to political figures in recent months.

But, given the nature of this latest offence, it will be fascinating to see if the PSNI take similar action and charge those who, year in year out, erect flags and political posters on 11th Night bonfires (and, to a lesser extent given their much smaller numbers, internment bonfires) to be burned in a similar display of hatred. After all, even suicide victims have been targeted in the past. 

One to watch……