Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ministry of the Interior

According to the BBC the Home Office may soon be split into two parts, a Ministry of Justice and a Ministry of Security.
I am reminded of the story of a diplomatic reception many years ago at which a Soviet Commissar found himself in conversation with a gorgeously uniformed Swiss, resplendent in the uniform of an Admiral of the Fleet: gold braid on sleeve and hat, sword, the lot. "Tell me, Comrade" said the Commissar "You appear to be an Admiral of the Fleet, but Switzerland is a landlocked country, and you have no coast, no navy, and no ships. How do you account for this?"
"Well, Comrade" replied the Admiral "We thought that if your country has a Minister of Justice........."

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