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    Why did Montagu - when he was finally allowed to speak in Parliament - attach the following strange caveat in his speech?
    Underlined for the benefit of fellow morons.

    THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERS.

    HC Deb 18 July 1889 vol 338 cc730-1 730
    §MR. MONTAGU (Tower Hamlets, Whitechapel) I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will offer a substantial reward, accompanied by a free pardon, to anyone not in the police force and not the actual perpetrator of the recent 731 crime in Whitechapel who will give such information as will lead to the conviction of the murderer; and whether he will sufficiently increase the number of detectives so as to prevent, if possible, further atrocities in East London?
    §MR. MATTHEWS I have consulted the Commissioner of Police, and he informs me that he has no reason to believe that the offer of a reward now would be productive of any good result, and he does not recommend any departure from the policy resolved on last year, and fully explained by me to the House. Since the occurrence of the outrages in the East End, a large number of men in plain clothes have been employed there, and I yesterday sanctioned an arrangement for still further increasing the number of detectives available for duty in Whitechapel.

  • #2
    Hi AP

    Presumably he meant that a policeman - a beat policeman who saw the murderer, for example - shouldn't be able to claim the reward when he was only doing his job.

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      A.P.

      Common sense, daddio.
      A policeman can't get a reward anyway, as Robert said, for doing what he's supposed to do.
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      • #4
        I would have thought that if a policeman had identified the Whitechapel Murderer, and the killer had been caught because of this, the Home Secretary would have married him, the Commissioner would have sworn undying love for him, and he would have been showered in 19 carat gold, given a Royal Pardon and sent to the Bahamas for the rest of his life?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Robert Linford View Post
          Hi AP

          Presumably he meant that a policeman - a beat policeman who saw the murderer, for example - shouldn't be able to claim the reward when he was only doing his job.
          That sounds correct to me.

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          • #6
            And why would any copper want a 'free pardon' anyway? They got one with their badge.

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            • #7
              They didn't get a get out of jail free card, A.P., no matter how you try to slice it.
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