On a day the government would rather forget, Theresa May has given David Cameron even more of a headache after her speech to more than 1,000 officers was met with complete silence and 40 minutes of highly critical questioning.
The speech delivered to the Police Federation outlined both the reforms to the police service and a review of pay and conditions, leading to an embarrassing video-link confrontation with PC David Rathband, the officer blinded by Raoul Moat, who responded:
“I was paid £35,000 last year. Do you think it was too much?”
Whilst the Home Secretary received a hostile reception, officers cheered PC Sarah Adams, who said that Theresa May could not expect the police to trust her again.
To compound her misery, a video of officers being injured during the student protests was played, vindicating the chairman of the Police Federation’s roundly dismissed point that the cuts would lead to public disorder.
Even Thatcher was sensible enough to keep the police on her side.