“To seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws.”
Part of the context of this was the Catholic Emancipation Act passed the same year, following a tumultuous campaign in Ireland. The Act lifted the ban on Catholics taking seats in Parliament. Police were required to show “absolute impartiality”, even in relation to a cause which we can now look back on and say was manifestly just.
The failure of some Chief Constables in this respect undermines the rule of law.
Dr Martin Parsons
West Mersea, Essex