Thursday, 31 December 2015

Some timely advice for the constabulary

With New Year's Eve festivities already beginning, and with the increasing fun-killing authoritarianism of the policing of those festivities, these few words of guidance from another age might be of great use in this one (they were posted at the Coromandel Prison Museum):

Many fine maxims  to follow --"be cool and intrepid"--being a personal favourite, but particular attention is drawn to points 1, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 17 and again and again point number 1.

In particular, let them contemplate that in the 1890s a policeman would be expected not to drink, but to treat with "the utmost civility" all those who do. The very reverse of the situation we will see around many parts of the country this evening...

[Hat tip Shirley R.]

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