Sunday, June 12, 2005

In Praise of Brit Police

In my experience Brit police are courteous and professional. They don't like the nanny statism they have to enforce and use their grim sense of humor to stay sane. Here's a great example.

Police officers who arrested a student for calling a police horse "gay" have been accused of "absurd heavy-handedness and over-reaction" by a leading campaigner for homosexual rights.

A drunken Oxford student, who should have known better, decided to taunt a mounted police officer.

Mr Brown, 21, a student at Balliol College, was arrested for causing harassment, alarm or distress and fined £80 after asking a mounted police officer if he knew that his horse was homosexual.

The undergraduate had approached two mounted policemen in the city centre after leaving a bar where he had been drinking with friends.

In most other countries abusing mounted police officers would earn much worse than a night in jail. And charging the doubtless lefty student with a hate crime shows an excellent sense of irony.

I hereby promote Oxford's Finest to Spiny Norman status.