The Police Federation has offered what it calls an "olive branch" to the home secretary in the bitter row over pay.
The federation had called for Jacqui Smith to resign over her decision not to backdate a 2.5% pay rise for police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
But in a letter, its chairman Jan Berry now says she believes Ms Smith was badly advised, although she urges her once again to reconsider her decision.
I wonder if this is anything to do with the fact that the police seem to be incapable or organising a demonstration because of a severe lack of knowledge of the law that they are supposed to uphold?
Police last night accused the government of attempting to ban 10,000 officers from marching through Westminster in a mass protest over their pay award. The demonstration would be the force's biggest since 1919.
The high-profile demonstration, intended to highlight the force's anger over its recent below-inflation, 1.9 per cent pay rise, is threatening to become a major political flashpoint in the new year. The police claim their preferred route for their march is set to be banned under archaic 'sessional orders', laws drawn up in the early 19th century to combat large-scale radical protests that threatened a disturbance of the peace.
The orders are renewed by Parliament each year and invoked by the Metropolitan Police if the force believes a protest will prevent MPs from going about their daily business. Critics of the orders claim they are a heavy-handed response designed to stifle peaceful protest.
As Timmy says, "hoist" and "petard" are the words that spring to mind.
I wonder how many of said demonstrating police have refused to impose such restrictions on others?
Indeed. You'll have to excuse me, I need a minute: I just cannot stop laughing...
UPDATE: the Home Secretary had better watch out though; she may end up being fined.
A police spokesman said: "The officer tried to offer words of advice but the male refused to accept them. So the officer was left with no option but to issue a fixed penalty notice of £30.
Because, you see, not listening to a police officer is an offence, apparently.