The decision to keep the identities of two police officers a secret after they had sex with prostitutes while on duty has been described as disgraceful.
Obviously the rozzers shouldn’t be shagging while they’re being paid to catch crims. Obviously.
But this is rather a step forward, don’t you think? Because prostitution is legal, so is going to one. The offence then is simply not doing what one is paid to do rather than anything else. Akin to that checking of Facebook you do while at the office.
Which is, as I say, an advance. For the standard reading of this in our own past, or today in many other countries, would be that the coppers were getting a freebie off the professionals in order not to charge them with being professionals.
This is bunking off, not blackmail, which is indeed an advance.