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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Police crack down on swan fiend

I think this story involving the Master of the Queen's Music neatly illustrates how the forces of law and order choose to criminalise the law abiding.

When the "charming" policeman and the "beautiful" young policewoman arrived at the door of his island home, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, was unperturbed.

They had come about a bird, they told him. He replied that they were welcome to either of his birds, and invited them in.

Sir Peter offered them a "delicious" swan terrine he had prepared earlier, but they politely declined and took the other bird instead - a protected whooper swan that was hanging outside his cottage in preparation for cooking.

Britain's most renowned composer and conductor, who lives on the island of Sanday in Orkney, was then cautioned over the alleged unlawful possession of a protected wild bird and told that anything he said might be taken down in evidence.

Read the whole thing. This is not a joke.


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