Co-operative Group advertising in Rupert Murdoch's newspapers

a copy of the email I’ve just sent to the Co-operative, who I’ve banked with all my working life…


To: customer.relations@co-op.co.uk

Dear Sir or Madam

I am writing to express my disappointment that the Co-operative Group has decided to continue advertising in Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers: http://bit.ly/mzXiTI

As a banking customer of nearly 20 years, I have been extremely proud of your ethical stance. However, I believe that this is compromised by your public support of his newspapers at this time. By continuing to advertise in them, I also feel that the Co-operative Group is implicitly condoning their unlawful and highly immoral reporting practices.

In order to help me decide whether or not to close my bank account, I would be grateful if you could respond within 7 days with an explanation as to why you believe your continued advertising is in the best interest of your existing members and customers.

yours
Dave Pattern

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2 comments
  1. Dave Pattern said:

    Despite an earlier statement today, I’m relieved to see that the Co-op Group have listened to the concerns of their customers:

    The Co-operative Group has taken the decision to suspend temporarily any further advertising and promotional activity with the News of the World until the outcome of the investigation is known.

    The Group is a consumer-owned business which adheres to strong ethical standards. These allegations have been met with revulsion by the vast majority of members who have contacted us.

    We would urge everyone involved to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion for the sake of all those who are affected by these events.

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