- 10-05-2012, 10:49 #1
Just watch the great and the good of Sedgemoor pressing flesh with the Countess of Wx. Stood next to the local Inspector of police was a very smartly turned out Sea Cadet. What struck me was that though the Cadet made a snappy salute prior to shaking hands with herself.....the said police inspector (in uniform with headress on) didn't even bow his head let alone salute.
Is it normal for uniformed officers not to pay their respects when presented? He certainly wasn't there in any crowd suppression role. If so I say take away their right to all these Jubilee medals.
- 10-05-2012, 10:57 #2
I don't think the police salute anyone any more, probably don't know how. I think it was done away with as outmoded, obsolete, archaic, hierarchical, militaristic and discriminatory to their quota of disabled officers with no arms or the inability to raise them.
Though I believe it is now common for senior officers to offer their subordinates a supportive hug on meeting.
- 10-05-2012, 11:02 #3
Civilians- like plod- don't salute.Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.
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- 10-05-2012, 11:07 #5
This is now suitable protocol for all snooty ranks:
Video: Baroness Trumpington gives two-finger salute to Lord King - Telegraph"As we moved slowly through the outskirts of the town we passed row after row of little grey slum houses running at right angles to the embankment. At the back of one of the houses a young woman was kneeling on the stones, poking a stick up the leaden waste-pipe which ran from the sink inside and which I suppose was blocked. I had time to see everything about her - her sacking apron, her clumsy clogs, her arms reddened by the cold. She looked up as the train passed, and I was almost near enough to catch her eye." Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier
- 10-05-2012, 11:08 #6
Dry books of tactics are beneath the notice of a man of genius, and it is a known fact that every British officer is inspired with a perfect knowledge of his duty, the moment he gets his commission; and if it were not, it would be sufficiently acquired in conversaziones at the main-guard or the grand sutler's.
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- 10-05-2012, 11:08 #7
- 10-05-2012, 11:09 #8
Fair enough. Shutting up now am I....Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.
- 10-05-2012, 11:10 #9
I am told he is a Chief Inspector. Shame he couldn't be bothered to shine his shoes or wear his medals let alone ribbons.
Given I saw a QDJM on eBay from a fireman last night (only received this week and already up for sale), perhaps it would be better not to issue these medals but to authorise people to buy them for £20, since the govt is always complaining about the cost of commemoration medals.
- 10-05-2012, 11:13 #10
Maybe it is a Met thing, but the Met taught to present compliments like below.
I think they've abolished passing out parade and everything now.
(Historical bit, I got told the straight up, straight down metrpolitan police salute is different from the Army salute so as not to knock off ladies hats. Maybe a little Victorian constabulary habit that survived, I genuinely do not know).
Anyway, shouldn't he be chatting with and watching the crowd for the security and safety of all?
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