One way traffic
Is it just a British thing or is authority a dirty word everywhere? I mean, a politician swears at the cops for enforcing some no-go rules in Downing Street (did he say plebs or plods?); and now a football referee is accused of verbal retaliation after an ill-tempered match in which both sides harrassed him constantly over his decisions. More generally, school teachers are verbally abused every day but would be sacked for answering in kind. Is this the price every ‘authority’ figure pays for their job? Is respect only to be accorded to self-selected groups of misfits defined by celebrity, wealth, social disfunction, ethnic origin, sexual proclivity and religious bent?