A spokesman said:
“We received an eight-paragraph letter sent to all forces thanking them for their work in 2007, praising them for their bravery and dedication and wishing them a happy Christmas. “The letter arrived two days after news of the pay dispute emerged. “Normally, the letter would be published on our force website but the chief constable felt it would be inappropriate to do that this year.”Roger Baker said:
“While I have been happy to publish this in previous years, I feel that this year her message is not consistent with the decision she has taken over police officers’ pay.”I like it:
Merry Christmas and thanks for all your hard work. In way of gratitude Gordon and I have decided not to honour that silly little pay arbitration thingy. I'm sure you won't mind.
Happy New Year.