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With his greeting of 'Evenin' all', Dixon of Dock Green embodied the values of the solid, commonsense copper.
But his reassuring salutation, which began each episode of the classic police TV drama from 1955 to 1976, is one which today's real-life officers should be wary of using.
According to one force's official guidelines, it could confuse people from different cultural backgrounds.
Warwickshire Police's handbook Policing Our Communities, issued to every member of its staff, gives advice on communicating with people from different ethnic groups in a section entitled Communication, Some Dos & Don’ts.
It states: 'Don't assume those words for the time of day, such as afternoon or evening, have the same meaning.'
A force spokesman explained: 'Terms such as afternoon and evening are somewhat subjective in meaning and can vary according to a person's culture or nationality. In many cultures the term evening is linked to time of day when people have their main meal of the day.
Originally posted by chiron613
One of the problems with freedom of speech is that you have to let people say things that you don't agree with. If some folks want sharia law, let them march for it. If you get a majority who want it, then let it be. Otherwise, just ignore the marchers and they'll eventually go away.
Originally posted by silent thunder
I've never understood people who travel/live abroad and insist on rigidly maintaining their home country's way of doing things.
F. In the public sphere, its only common decency, common sense, and common morality to try to blend in smoothly with the basic ways your host country does stuff. If you are so upset with it that you can't live with it, than that means its time to leave.
Originally posted by loner007
I feel sorry for the moderate Muslims in this country. Small extremist groups like this can stir up a lot of unneeded hatred in those who are non muslim.This can only be counter productive as these extremist groups can use that in thier favour by saying we hate muslims and use the negativity to persuade other muslims to join their cause. This is not what we want. Instead of going all defensive maybe we should put trust in the moderate muslims and give them a chance to speak out.
[edit on 25-10-2009 by loner007]
Originally posted by mr-lizard
As long as we have freedom of speech, we will have Islam4Uk, as long as we have Islam4Uk, we will have the BNP, as long as we have the BNP, we will have the EDL, as long as we have the EDL, we will have the UAF, as long as we have the UAF, we will have Islam4UK.
If we try and censor or silence any of these then we won't have free speech any more.
What's worse: biased media and factionalised population OR extreme censorship of political viewpoints?
What's worse: A country run by a country run by police, a country run by angry muslims, a country run by neo-nazis, or a country run by greedy, useless thieves?
These are our choices England.